The world’s first work health and safety (WHS) international standard, ‘ISO 45001’, is currently being developed. It is expected to be approved in its final form in November 2017 and published in March 2018.

As with the current Australian/New Zealand standard 4801, the international standard 45001 is designed to provide organisations with a framework for creating a safe workplace by implementing systems and processes to eliminate or reduce work place injury as well as continually improve WHS performance.

ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organisation, regardless of its size or the nature of its work.

The standard will assist an organisation to fulfil its legal requirements under the Australian safety laws by outlining an approach for the implementation of reasonably practicable steps to ensure safety.