A new global standard for occupational health and safety management systems is set to reduce work-related accidents and illnesses across the world, commentators say.

ISO 45001, which replaces OHSAS 18001, was published by the International Organisation for Standardisation on 12 March 2018 after nearly four years in the creating.

It requires organisations which adopt the standard to have proportionate safety and health management systems to prevent injury and ill health, extending from their workforce right through their supply chains.

Those close to the standard say it brings hopes that the global death toll of 2.78 million workers due to accidents could be lowered.

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