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CHICAGO — From accommodating an increasing reliance on contract employees to the impending release of ISO’s first related standard, the world of occupational health and safety is evolving quickly. A joint project of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the ANSI/ASSE Z10 standard helps organizations implement systems that keep workers safe, as detailed at
At a meeting held January 23 through 25 at the ASSE offices in Park Ridge, Illinois, Accredited Standards Committee members discussed the future of that standard, which was most recently revised in 2012. One central topic of discussion was the impending publication of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) own occupational health and safety management (OHSM) standard, ISO 45001. The panel of OHSM experts discussed, among other related issues, where the scope and goals of ANSI Z10 and ISO 45001 might align or differ, along with ways by which updates to ANSI Z10 might make it even more useful once ISO 45001 has been finalized and published.
As is described in a full report at committee members also sought to identify opportunities for improving coverage of ANSI Z10, including whether hazards of other than chemical or physical kinds should receive specific attention. Another continuing thread of discussion revolved around ways of making ANSI Z10 even easier and less costly to implement while also becoming more effective at its ultimate goal of improving safety and health outcomes.
“For many years now, ANSI/ASSE Z10 has been the gold standard in occupational health and safety management,” said Tim Fisher, ASSE Director of Standards Development, “Countless companies in the United States and elsewhere have relied upon, learned, and benefited from ANSI/ASSE Z10, achieving results of incalculable value along the way. Maintaining that position of justified trust requires ensuring that the standard is always up to date with the latest developments, and that has been another important reason for its longtime success. We’d like to thank the committee members who put so much time and energy into making sure that ANSI/ASSE Z10 is and remains the best that it can be.”
With many options to be analyzed and weighed, further work on the next revision of ANSI Z10 will build on the results of the recent meeting at ASSE headquarters. ANSI Z10 Accredited Standards Committee members plan to finalize an updated version of the standard by the end of the year. Those interested can learn more about the recent meeting and other American Society of Safety Engineers activities at the group’s website at
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