ANSI/AIHA Z10 — The United States OHSMS Standard

| May 17, 2007

In 1999, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) initiated a standard-setting activity to establish a United States occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard.  This activity was concluded in 2005 with the publication of ANSI/AIHA Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.


A number of stakeholders participated in this standard-setting process including representatives from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), organized labor, industry and OH&S professional associations.  In all, over 40 organizations had representatives on the committee.


ANSI/AIHA Z10 was developed to be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and is based on the management system concept of Plan-Do-Check-Act. As stated in the introduction to the standard, the purpose of the standard is “to provide organizations an effective tool for continual improvement of their occupational health and safety performance.”


This standard is formatted differently then an ISO standard.  It is structured into two columns.  The requirements (“shall” clauses) are set out in the left column; recommendations & explanations (“should” clauses) are set out in the right column.



A copy of the standard can be obtained from the American Industrial Hygiene Association at

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  1. Steve says:

    Does anyone have guidance on how to comply with this paragraph? It comes from our internal Safety Management System, but probably has its’ roots in OHSAS.

    3.2 Facility Inspection
    Equipment Requiring Pre-Use Inspections

    Certain equipment requires an inspection prior to use on each shift. This equipment includes forklifts, cranes and hoists, slings, power presses, etc. The pre-use inspection program shall ensure that all inspections are documented using a checklist or other system of documentation.

    Do not overlook areas outside of the production mainstream. Your search for common hazards and compliance with Kohler Co. and/or Governmental regulations should cover the entire facility, including all office areas.