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NSAI would like to inform those that have an interest in standardization in the field of our ageing society, of the establishment of a working group at ISO to develop a standard on Guidelines for an Inclusive Workforce. Any individual or organisation with an interest in this work is invited to participate in this working group. 

The proposed title of the standard is:" Ageing societies - Guidelines for an inclusive work force". The scope of this standard is the development  of guidance for an ageing inclusive environment within the workforce. This would include recommendations to provide quality, meaningful work that empowers the workers of all ages to add value to the organization.

Demographics and statistics show us that the world population is ageing and there is a need to encourage older people to continue to contribute to societies. With the increasing ageing population there has been a detected increase of chronic disease and decrease in physical functioning that impacts people’s capacity. This standard can support the business case for a diverse workforce. With a more inclusive work environment, the public money can be used more efficiently as continued participation in a society is known to be beneficial to an individual’s health and the organization’s sustainability. As there is a decrease in the available workforce, it is important to provide physical and social environment that is welcoming and supportive of workers and volunteers of all ages. 

This work may be of interest to but not limited to :

  • Government Policy makers
  • Human Resources Departments
  • Organizations
  • Labour Representatives
  • OSH Professionals
  • Health Care
  • Workplace Design Professionals
  • ICT &  Built Environment Professionals
  • Organizations representing the needs of older persons (i.e. AGE ACTION )
  • Organizations representing the diverse population of older persons
  • Societal interests/societal stakeholders

NOTE: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.

If you would like to participate in this work please contact Ms. Elizabeth O'Ferrall, Technical Standardization at or telephone 01 8073855 or alternatively you can register your interest at :