In August, the International Organization for
Standardization("ISO"), the world's largest
global developer of voluntary international standards, approved the
creation of a project committee who will develop an international
standard for occupational health and safety management systems
The ISO states that the OHSMS standard is intended to provide
governmental agencies, industry and other organizations with an
effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety around the
world. One of the primary objectives of the new global
standard is to create an international framework for OH&S best
practices and help prevent and reduce work-related injuries,
diseases, and deaths worldwide.
While the global standard will not be mandatory in Canada unless
expressly adopted into Canadian law, the OHSMS standard may assist
employers who opt to implement it in demonstrating that they have
taken reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of its
workforce and could be of assistance where an employer is seeking
to make out a due diligence defence.
The first meeting of the project committee is scheduled to be
held from October 21-25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. Stay
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