Friday, September 14, 2012

New Z10 Standard Approved

The newly revised standard, “American National Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems” (ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z10-2012), was approved by the American National Standards Institute on June 27, 2012.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), past secretariat of the Z10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC Z10), has relinquished all of its secretariats to ASSE, making ASSE Z10 ASC secretariat and copyright holder of the 2012 and 2005 versions of the Z10 standard.

The Z10 standard provides an overall blueprint for widespread benefits in health and safety, as well as in productivity, financial, performance, quality and other organizational and business objectives. The standard’s seven sections include Management Leadership and Employee Participation, Planning, Implementation and Operation, Evaluation and Corrective Action, Management Review. Appendices address roles and responsibilities, policy statements, assessment and prioritization, audit information and more.

The Z10 standard also provides critical management systems requirements and guidelines for improvement of occupational health and safety. Experts from labor, government, professional organizations and industry formulated this valuable standard after extensive examination of current national and international standards, guidelines and practices.

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