The American National Standards Institute Z10 Committee will meet in Alexandria, Va., May 17-18 to consider the make-up of a voluntary safety and health “management systems” standard similar to ISO quality and environmental standards. The committee began its work earlier this year.
Here are some of the building blocks of a possible safety and health program standard:
- Management commitment and resources
- Employee participation
- Health and safety policy
- Goals and objectives
- Baseline evaluation and hazard/risk assessment
- Management system manual and procedures
- Hazard control system
- Preventive and corrective action system
- Record management
- Auditing and self-inspection
- Incident investigation and root cause analysis
- Medical program and surveillance
- Processes for continual improvement and integration
These functions of a program were taken from the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s “Occupational Health and Safety Management System Performance Measurement,” developed in 1999. To comply with a voluntary ANSI health and safety standard, employers would have to document and verify that they have systems in place to address each of these key attributes.
ANSI standards-setting is often a contentious, drawn-out affair, and it could be years, if ever, before voluntary requirements emerge from the Z10 committee’s work.