Industry feedback invited on draft NZ OHS standard

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Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on the new draft standard DZ ISO 45001:2018 – ‘Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use’.

ISO 45001 is being proposed to be adopted in New Zealand, following acknowledgement from industry has that the current health and safety management standard AS/NZS 4801:2001 – ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Specification with guidance for use’ is out of date and does not reflect current best practices.

The ISO 45001 standard includes current internationally accepted practice to reduce the risk of occupational injuries and diseases by providing a framework to improve employee safety and create better working conditions.

Standards New Zealand advises that all standards are voluntary unless cited in legislation. NZS ISO 45001, once published, will not be cited in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 or regulations under the Act, until such time the Government decide to review the legislation.

Comments are sought on the draft New Zealand preface only, as the technical content within the standard will not be modified.

While the draft standard is released for public consultation, Standards New Zealand is in consultation with the P45001 committee to consider the option to join Standards Australia in jointly identically adopting ISO 45001 as a joint standard. A decision will be made once public consultation is concluded.

The closing date for comments is Thursday 19 July 2018.

The draft standard can be downloaded from