ANSI Z10, OHSAS 18001 & Sustainability

| May 17, 2011

This week, in addition to attending the AIHCE in Portland, I will be participating in a meeting of the ANSI Z10 Committee.  We will be discussing the revision of Z10 that was undertaken last year and is scheduled to be completed later this year (Fall 2011).

ANSI Z10:2005 is the American National Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.  As such, it is part of a large family of standards addressing this topic.  The dominate sibling in this family is, of course, OHSAS 18001:2007.  According to the 2009 Standards and Certificates Survey conducted by the OSHAS Project Group, over 50,000 organizations have obtained certification to OHSAS 18001.

The goal of this revision of Z10 is to continue to provide guidance helpful to organizations in the United States that want to implement an OH&S management system.  Another use of Z10 is as a reference document for OSHA’s initiative for development of a standard requiring that employers establish an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2 Initiative).  Finally, there is a desire to ensure that Z10 continues to have relevance to OH&S in the future.

One of the interesting inputs impacting this revision of Z10 is the increasing focus on sustainability initiatives and corporate sustainability reporting.  Many OH&S professionals have expressed concern about the lack of attention given to worker safety within the sustainability movement.  One of the initiatives ASSE and AIHA are working on together is the development of appropriate metrics for measuring OH&S performance for the next revision of the GRI sustainability reporting guidelines. 

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Category: Global OH&S Issues, OHS Metrics & Measurements, Standard Development

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