Review of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

The GSSB is overseeing a project to review and update the content of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety in 2017 and 2018.

The project's objective is to review and 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 includes updating, expanding or deleting existing content, where appropriate. The project follows the GSSB Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which is overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee

A 60-day public comment period on the proposed changes to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety ran from 10 August to 9 October 2017. The full set of public feedback is now available for review. The project Working Group is currently considering all the feedback received and making the necessary updates in the draft.

The GSSB will publish a separate 'Basis for Conclusions' document after the approval of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety, summarizing the main themes from the public comments and how they have been addressed in the final Standard.   

Further information about the project can be found in the Review of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety project proposal. Please keep your eye on this page, or sign up below, to stay informed about project updates. Further questions can be emailed to

Project Working Group

The Project Working Group is made up of the following members, who have deliberated and recommended updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. Read more about them in their member bios.

Chair of the PWG:
  Dr. Sharron O’Neill, University of New South Wales, Australia
PWG members:
  Frank Barry, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), Ireland
  Isidora Diaz Heredia, LafargeHolcim Ltd, France
  André Fey, Norsk Hydro ASA, Norway
  Richard Jones, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK
  Viktor Kempa, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Belgium
  Nancy Leppink, International Labor Organization (ILO), Switzerland
  Dr. Olivier LO, International SOS Foundation, Singapore
  Dr. David Michaels, George Washington University, USA
  William G. Perry, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration       (OSHA), USA
  Dana Sasarean, Sustainalytics, Canada
  Dr. Herbert Schilthuis, Heineken International, the Netherlands
  Kathy A. Seabrook, Center for Safety and Health  Sustainability (CSHS),     USA
  Larry Stoffman, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
  Dr. Derek Yach, Vitality Group, USA
GSSB Sponsor:
  Kirsten Margrethe Hovi, Norsk Hydro ASA, Norway

Project timeline

This timeline is subject to change. For more information about the development process and project schedule, see the Project Working Group Terms of Reference.

Phase 1: Project commencement (December 2016)
Phase 2: Appointment of Project Working Group (January – March 2017)
Phase 3: Revision of Draft GRI Standard (April – July 2017)
Phase 4: Public exposure (10 August – 9 October 2017)
Phase 5: Consideration of respondents’ comments on the Exposure Draft (October 2017 – March 2018)
Phase 6: Approval of GRI Standard (expected April 2018)
Phase 7: Final Standard released (expected Q2 2018)

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