Z10 Committee Discusses Standard’s Revision

The ANSI Z10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) met Jan. 23-25, 2016, at ASSE headquarters in Park Ridge, IL, to discuss a revision of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 American National Standard for Occupational Health and Management Systems.

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During the first half of the 3-day meeting, committee members discussed background information and several conceptual facets related to Z10, such as comparing ISO 45001 to Z10, the factors that lead to the success or failure of management system implementations, as well the changing nature of safety work (e.g., the increase of contract employees).

Here’s a little background on the standard from Tim Fisher, CSP, CHMM, CPEA, CAE, ARM, ASSE’s standards and technical services director:

The second half of the meeting focused on exploring questions surrounding the revision of the Z10 standard. Specifically:

ANSI Z10 Design Structure to Maximize Success

Should ANSI Z10 be designed to ensure that organizations can become certified to Z10 and that requirements can be audited for certification?

  • Should ANSI Z10 be redesigned to be less hazard- and risk-centric and more system-oriented?
  • What are the most important major topics currently missing from ANSI Z10?
  • Do factors beyond physical and chemical hazards affect safety and health performance? Should these factors be addressed in ANSI Z10?
  • Have any new concepts and approaches emerged that deserve consideration for inclusion in ANSI Z10?
  • How can we make ANSI Z10 the best, most effective, easiest to implement, least wasteful safety and health management standard in the world?

The Future Need for ANSI Z10

  • What should the relationship be between ANSI Z10 and ISO 45001? For example, should ANSI Z10 be harmonized with ISO 45001? Do ISO 45001 and ANSI Z10 have similar or different goals?
  • How prescriptive should the requirements be?
  • Do more prescriptive requirements make the intent clear or do they reduce the flexibility of user organizations in selecting conformance approaches?
  • Should the committee simultaneously develop an implementation guide?

The committee hopes to vote on Z10’s affirmation by the end of the year.