September 19, 2019

Revised Z10 Management Systems Standard Now Available

ANSI and the American Society of Safety Professionals have released a revision of ANSI/ASSP Z10, Health and Safety Management Systems. According to an ASSP press release, the new Z10 “improves organizational alignment and communication by eliminating silos and integrating planned processes into business systems.”

Writing in the March 2019 issue of The Synergist, Thomas Slavin, a member of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 committee, explained that the revised Z10 adopts the ten-section structure of ISO 45001, the world’s first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems, which was released last year. Slavin indicated that using the ISO standard’s structure was intended to make ISO 45001 certification easier for users of Z10 to achieve.

Unlike the British Standards Institute, which announced it would sunset OHSAS 18001, a precursor to ISO 45001, as work on the global standard neared completion, ANSI decided to maintain and update Z10. Slavin writes that “North American users will find ANSI/ASSP Z10 to be easier to understand and implement because some of the terms and concepts in ISO 45001 do not translate easily across countries.”

ANSI/ASSP Z10-2019 can be purchased from ANSI and ASSP. For more information about Z10, read Thomas Slavin’s article “Active Health and Safety.”

Related: The June/July Synergist includes an article about ISO 45001. Read “The Long Road to ISO 45001.”