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ASSP Expects ISO 45001 Handbook Publication By End of 2019

The American Society of Society Professionals (ASSP) has announced the ISO 45001 handbook will be completed by the end of 2019.

The publication of the handbook will provide guidance on the consensus standard which was released last year.

“It’s important for us to improve the usability of this groundbreaking standard,” said Barbara Libowitzky, head of the Austrian delegation to ISO TC-283 and member of the implementation handbook working group. “More companies around the world need a better understanding of ISO 45001 in order to best integrate it to improve workplace safety and their overall business performance.”

ISO 45001 is a widely accepted standard that can produce an effective safety and health management system for an increasingly interconnected world, regardless of an organization’s size, location, supply chains or nature of work. The handbook will provide small and medium-sized businesses with detailed guidance on how they can apply the voluntary ISO 45001 consensus standard to increase employee safety, reduce workplace risks and improve business outcomes.

ISO Technical Committee TC-283, a working group comprised of more than 80 safety and health delegates from over 30 countries, recently congregated to discuss the ongoing development and enhancement of ISO 45001, requirements with guidance for use, and the development of supporting standards.

During the five-year development of ISO 45001 that began in 2013, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) served as the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group. The process included input from more than 75 countries across six continents.

“Through global teamwork, we are better positioned to amplify the voice of ISO 45001 and move occupational safety and health forward,” ASSP President Rixio Medina said at the ISO TC-283 meeting, held March 4-8 at the headquarters of ISN, which sponsored the event. “We need all corporate leaders to recognize that this valuable standard aligns with their business strategies.”

Source: EHS Today

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