Monday, February 22, 2010

Free ANSI AIHA Z10 Course for Occupational Health and Safety

The University of Florida is offering a free course in 11 metro locations that will provide a thorough review of the ANSI AIHA Z10-2005 Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Depending on the location, courses are from March 2010 through September 2010.

The integration of this standard with international management systems for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14001) will be addressed. See the ANSI Z10-2005 course agenda for details and locations.

This course has received approval for 1.17 Industrial Hygienist Certification Maintenance Points. Other course approvals are pending.

Download ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005, the American National Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. ANSI AIHA Z10-2005 is a voluntary consensus standard that 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.

ANSI Z10 provides the blueprint for widespread benefits in health and safety, as well as in productivity, financial, performance, quality, and other organizational and business objectives.

The 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 much more.

Advanced Safety and Health Blog published an article "Is it Time to Revisit ANSI Z10 Occupational Health and Safety System" explaining the standard and claiming that the head of OSHA, David Michaels is an advocate of employers creating a Comprehensive Workplace Safety and Health Program that features management leadership, worker participation, and structure for continual improvement. The author concludes this will rejuvenate interest in ANSI Z10.