ANSI/ASSE Standards Move Forward

ASSE standards committees have made significant progress in advancing OSH with several recent standards developments. “If we are not sure which path to take, then we must take the bold one,” says former ASSE Standards Development Committee Chair Gary Lopez. “ASSE is trying to move OSH forward with standards and management systems. We are not here to maintain the status quo.”

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Z10.1: Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems Reaffirmed

ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017), Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, has been reaffirmed and is available for purchase on ASSE’s website. This standard defines the minimum requirements for an occupational safety and health management system. Its primary purpose is to provide a management tool to reduce the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

According to Tim Fisher, ASSE’s director of standards and technical services, the Z10 standard is “possibly the most important U.S. consensus standard that has the greatest potential to affect workplace health and safety.” 

Proposed Z15.3 Standard for Automated Vehicles Moves Forward

ASSE recently proposed a new standard addressing automated vehicles. The Z15.3 subgroup held its first meeting on April 13, 2017, to discuss the standard’s content and next steps.

Z15.3 is a subgroup of the ANSI/ASSE Z15 Accredited Standards Committee that focuses on safety requirements of motor vehicles. The scope of the proposed standard is to provide organizations with a document to help them define and develop policies, procedures and management processes to address the risks and exposures associated with the operation of automated vehicles.

Eighteen states have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles, and last October the first shipment using an automated truck was made. These developments have caused several countries, such as the U.K. and Germany, to issue guideline regulations and standards to allow for the testing of automated vehicles in traffic.

NSC’s Kelly Nantel is the subgroup’s leader. Other members are Greg Brannon, AAA; Uri Tamir, Mobileye, Brian Daugherty, Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association; Mike Scrudato, Munich Reinsurance America; Stephanie Pratt, NIOSH; Brian Hammer, Nationwide Insurance, Joe McKillips, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety; Paul Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; and Richard Hanowski, Virginia Tech.

“Our vehicles are smart and getting smarter every day,” Nantel says. “The subgroup is committed to providing fleet managers with the very best guidance so they can develop effective risk management programs to safely incorporate automated vehicles into their fleets.”

Safety professionals interested in this project, or in the ANSI Accredited Z15 Committee should contact ASSE’s Lauren Bauerschmidt.

ANSI/ASSE Z9.10-2017 Now Available

ANSI/ASSE Z9.10-2017, Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of Dilution Ventilation Systems in Industrial Occupancies, has been approved and is now available for purchase.

This standard establishes minimum requirements for the commissioning, design, specification, construction, installation, management, operation, maintenance and testing of dilution ventilation systems (including demand dilution ventilation) used for the reduction, prevention and control of employee exposure to harmful concentrations of airborne substances in the industrial environment. The standard also establishes minimum DV requirements to provide safe and healthful working conditions in industrial employee occupancies.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Takes Effect in August 2017

As a reminder, the revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components, will take effect on Aug. 14, 2017.

The revision goes beyond changes to previous editions by providing new, technical content. Learn about this landmark revision by reading this Standards Insider article from the October 2016 issue of Professional Safety. You can also download a free copy of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1.