Topic Standard Project for Occupational Health and Safety

Why occupational health & safety

In 2018, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), reviewed and updated GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016. The goal was to ensure alignment with internationally agreed best practice that reflects recent developments in occupational health and safety management and reporting.

As with all our Standards, a multi-stakeholder working group was appointed by the GSSB. An exposure draft of the updated Standard was made available for a 60-day public comment period between 10 August to 9 October 2017.

The GSSB received 55 submissions on the exposure draft from organizations and individuals. All received comments were considered by the Waste Working Group and the GSSB.

In April 2018, the GSSB approved the updated Standard GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018. The project followed the GSSB Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which was overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee.

About the project

In October 2016, the GSSB initiated a project to update the content of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety to ensure it is in line with internationally-agreed best practice and reflects recent developments in OHS management and reporting. The scope of work included updating, expanding or deleting existing content, where appropriate.

The final Standard, published on 28 June 2018, represents global best practice on reporting about occupational health and safety management systems, prevention of harm and promotion of health at work. The Standard was developed with expert, multi-stakeholder contributions and is rooted in the public interest.

GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 will be effective for reports or other materials published on or after 1 January 2021. Earlier adoption is encouraged. GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016 can continue to be used for reports or other materials published on or before 31 December 2020.

 

Basis for conclusions

An exposure draft of the updated Standard was made available for a 60-day public comment period between 10 August to 9 October 2017.  The GSSB received 55 submissions on the exposure draft from organizations and individuals. Access the links below for a summary of the public comments received and how the GSSB responded to these comments. For any questions, email standards@globalreporting.org.

Full set of public feedback for GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Public Comment Period 10 August – 9 October 2017 

Basis for Conclusions for GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Public Comment Period 10 August – 9 October 2017  

 

Want to know more

Watch the introductory video on GRI 403: Occupational Health & Safety 2018 

 

  • Read the news article on the updated Occupational Health and Safety Standard. 
  • View our infographic on the five things you need to know about the updated Occupational Health and Safety Standard. 
  • Download the presentation introducing the updated Occupational Health and Safety Standard. 
  • ‘Can new metrics stop safe-wash?’ – Read the article prepared together with the working group member Sharron O’Neill. 

Related documents

GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 file 28 Jun 2018 English 477 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Japanese translation file 29 Jan 2019 Japanese 619 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Spanish translation file 08 Mar 2019 Spanish 457 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Traditional Chinese translation (1) file 20 Dec 2018 Traditional Chinese 631 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Bahasa Indonesia translation file 08 Jun 2020 Bahasa Indonesian 566 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - German translation file 13 Nov 2018 German 607 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Simplified Chinese translation file 27 Mar 2019 Simplified Chinese 729 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - French translation file 08 Mar 2019 French 484 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Arabic translation file 11 Feb 2019 Arabic 583 KB
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 - Italian translation file 26 Sep 2019 Italian 583 KB
GRI Topic Standards Project for Occupational Health and Safety – Exposure draft file 19 Sep 2020 English 962 KB
GRI Topic Standards Project for Occupational Health and Safety – Project proposal file 19 Sep 2020 English 485 KB
GRI Topic Standards Project for Occupational Health and Safety – Working group terms of reference file 19 Sep 2020 English 531 KB
GSSB Work Program 2017-2019 file 31 Jan 2018 English 320 KB
GSSB Due Process Protocol 2018 file 18 Oct 2018 English 276 KB
GSSB Terms of Reference file 18 Oct 2018 English 130 KB
GRI 403 Occupational Health and Safety Project Working Group Members file 19 Sep 2020 English 1.2 MB

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