EHS NewsmakersThe Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) says it will participate in the new new standard for global occupational health and safety (OH&S) that will be developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The standard is intended to provide government agencies, industry and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world. The work will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements.

ISHM Executive Director Larry Curtis and board member Tom Slavin and Larry Curtis will serve on the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the development of the new ISO standard. Both men have decades of experience in the OH&S profession.

“This will be a critically important standard for safety and health, and the U.S. needs to have a strong, active and engaged role in this activity,” said Slavin. 

Curtis added, “This proposed occupational health and safety standard can significantly and positively impact occupational health and safety management on a global level.”

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is heading up the U.S. work effort by serving as the U.S. TAG administrator to ISO PC 283. The U.S. TAG to ISO PC 283 will advise ANSI on voting positions relevant to the proposed OH&S management standard, and will carry out detailed discussions on issues related to its development. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI accredits U.S. TAGs to develop and transmit U.S. positions on ISO technical activities.

The ISHM administers the internationally recognized Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification and the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) programs for safety professionals and safety managers.

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