VeriProThe open comment period for an updated AIHA/ANSI Z10 standard -- the standard which defines minimum performance requirements for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) opens today and runs through May 14, 2012, according to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

This voluntary consensus standard uses recognized management system principles in order to be compatible with quality and environmental management system standards such as the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 series. The standard also draws from approaches used by the International Labor Organization's (ILO)
guidelines on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and from systems in use in organizations in the U.S.

The AIHA says the design of ANSI Z10 encourages integration with other management systems to facilitate organizational effectiveness using the elements of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model as the basis for continual improvement. The adoption of Z10 fits well with organizations desiring longterm sustainable growth in a socially responsible manner by reducing injury and illness and improving overall employee well-being. An OHSMS implemented in conformance with the Z10 standard can help organizations minimize workplace risks and reduce the occurrence and cost of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

To obtain an electronic copy of the draft and the comment form, go to or contact David Hicks, AIHA (ASC Z10) Secretariat Representative, at 703-846-0720. Questions or comments can be sent to

Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,077 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia.