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Innovative Safety Standard Now Available From American Society of Safety Engineers

Posted in , , on Wed, Sep 26, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (September 26, 2012) –   The newly revised ANSI Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard (OHSMS) is now available through the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). This standard provides an overall blueprint for widespread benefits in occupational safety and health, as well as in productivity, financial performance, quality and other organizational and business objectives.

The Z-10-2012 standard’s seven section topics are on management leadership and employee participation, planning, implementation and operation, evaluation and corrective action, and, management review. Roles and responsibilities, policy statements, assessment and prioritization, audit information and much more are also included. The standard defines minimum requirements for an occupational safety and health management system and applies to organizations of all sizes and types. It also includes risk assessment components not previously included.

“This standard provides critical management system requirements and guidelines for improvement of occupational safety and health,” ASSE Standards Development Committee Chair Gary Lopez, CSP, said today. “Experts from labor, government, professional organizations and industry formulated this significant standard after extensive examination of current national and international standards, guidelines and practices. From large to small businesses, this standard provides a simple blueprint for creating safer workplaces while contributing positively to the bottom line through reduced health care and workers’ compensation costs, production delays and more.”

To help SH&E professionals, organizations and businesses implement the revised standard, ASSE will hold a 90-minute webinar Tuesday, November 20, at noon EST. More information can be found at Webinar attendees receive a free copy of the standard, access to the webcast for 30 days after the origination date, slides from the session and 0.2 continuing education units (CEUs).  ASSE President-Elect Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, with more than 30 years of diverse safety, health and environmental management experience in both the U.S. and global sectors, and James Howe, CSP, president of Safety Solutions and Chair of the Z-10 Committee, will lead the webinar.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  In addition to being the secretariat for eight other ASCs on — construction and demolition operations, floor and wall opening protection, ventilation systems health and safety, motor vehicle safety operations, respiratory protection, confined spaces, lockout/tagout and alternative methods, and fall protection — ASSE is the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to the International Organization for Standardization on fall protection and risk management. For more information please go to, to for more webinar information and to register or contact


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