The following commentary is from the Standards Australia website:
Following extensive stakeholder consultation, Australia will begin the adoption process for the International Standard ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.
This decision, initially recommended by Standards Australia’s Technical Committee SF-001, Occupational Health & Safety Management, has been endorsed following further consultation with a broad range of experts from across government, industry, employee associations, and academic institutions.
As a step in all international adoptions, the document will be open to the public for comment for six weeks...concluding 28 August 2018.
AS/NZS ISO 45001 will include commentary on how the adopted standard relates to the occupational health and safety legislative framework in Australia. This content is available to all during public comment.
Following public comment, the final standard, AS/NZS ISO 45001, is expected for publication in late 2018.
“Australian experts actively participated in the development of ISO 45001,” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans. “We have since worked closely with the committee and a wider set of stakeholders to determine the most suitable solution for the Australian context.”
“With the decision to adopt ISO 45001 we see Australia’s continued commitment to safer occupational health and safety practices across workplaces of all sectors and sizes.”
Work is also under way to scope what additional guidance could be provided on AS/NZS ISO 45001 to support organisations and individuals utilising the standard.