The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down, and employers are facing challenges that never happened. Recognizing the need to develop comprehensive but general guidelines for the protection of personnel while continuing to function effectively, ISO experts in occupational health and safety (OSH) got down to work quickly, in record time.

While it takes three years on average to develop an international ISO standard, the recently published ISO / PAS 45005, Health and Safety Management - General Guidelines for Safe Work during the COVID-19 pandemic was developed in just three months in response to an urgent the nature of the situation and the need for such information at the present time.

ISO / PAS 45005 brings together international best practices on how to manage the health and safety of workers and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is intended to complement any existing national guidelines and regulations.

Experts from 26 countries worked tirelessly to prepare the guidelines in the form of a publicly available specification (PAS), which was endorsed by 80 member countries of the ISO technical committee on occupational health and safety. This format allows the document to be updated as it stands or developed as an official standard, depending on the future evolution of the pandemic and the emergence of new information.

ISO/PAS 45005 was developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 283Occupational health and safety management, whose secretariat is held by BSI, ISO’s member for the UK.


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