• International Workplace
  • 14 January 2015

Worldwide health and safety standard meeting in Trinidad and Tobago to be hosted by IOSH

It was reported on the IOSH website today that health and safety experts from across the world will meet in the Caribbean to discuss a proposed new international standard to protect people in the workplace.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has set up a project committee to bring together the standard for occupational health and safety management.

The latest meeting will be hosted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 19 to 24 January.

It will see dozens of delegates split into task groups to discuss the different clauses of the proposed standard, known as ISO 45001.

It is intended that the standard, which is likely to replace OHSAS 18001, will help save lives. Global statistics from the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimate that 6,300 people die every day as a result of work-related injury or disease – more than 2.3 million deaths per year.

The ISO says that many of these health and safety failures can be prevented and that the future standard, which is due to be finalised in late 2016, will provide an international framework for best practice for the first time.

It will require that health and safety aspects are integral to the overall management system within organisations, not just an added extra.

There are 54 countries involved in the putting together of the standard, with every continent represented, while 16 more are taking part in an observation role.

Commenting, Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, said:

“IOSH is delighted to be hosting this global forum.

“It’s a key stage in the development of ISO 45001, the important new international standard on health and safety management system requirements, which will potentially help protect workers worldwide.

“IOSH has been able to offer assistance in this way because we’re a global organisation, with branches around the world, and also because we’re an ISO Category A Liaison organisation.”

Richard added:

“It’s really great for us to have the opportunity to host national standards bodies from so many other countries and for them to get to know IOSH and our Caribbean Branch members better.”