Reaffirmed: ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems


ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Reaffirmed


The ANSI Z10 standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) has been reaffirmed. It is now ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

While there are no technical revisions to this recently released document, the circumstances of its development have changed, and these are reflected in the new title. Originally, when the standard was approved in 2005, it was published under the title of ANSI/AIHA Z10. This was due to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) being the secretariat of the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee Z10 since its official approval in 1999.

However, following a revision of the standard in 2012, AIHA relinquished the Z10 Committee, along with the copyright to the Z10 standard, to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Because of this change, the acronym “ASSE” has been substituted for “AIHA” in several places throughout the ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) standard.

Same as before, ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) defines the minimum requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). OHSMSs, much like quality management systems or environmental management systems, are used by many organizations worldwide for their clear and attainable benefits. The recognized management system principles that guide this standard are included in order for it to be compatible with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This integration is aided by the incorporation of elements of the Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) model for processes at different levels of the organization.

Ultimately, the PDCA model can be used to drive any organization towards continual improvement. This management tool is purposed with reducing the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) addresses the many aspects of this, covering background information, the role of leadership, responsibility, employee participation, the review process, and identifying operational objectives.

ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is available on the ANSI Webstore.
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