ISO to Develop New Global OHSMS Standard

Published August 1, 2013

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has announced that it will develop a new standard for global occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) to provide governmental agencies, industry, and others with guidance for improving worker safety around the world. The work on the standard will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) are seeking participants for a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) for ISO PC 283. According to ANSI’s press release, all U.S. experts and interested stakeholders in OHS management are encouraged to get involved with the development of this global OHSMS standard. For more information about the U.S. TAG, view the membership participation notice or download the membership application form.

The AIHA Guideline Foundation has applied to be a member of the U.S. TAG that will ultimately develop and present the U.S. position regarding a global OHSMS standard. The AIHA Guideline Foundation anticipates the acceptance of its application and its representative. Further, the AIHA Guideline Foundation has requested that its representative be designated as one of the experts on the three-person team that will represent the U.S. TAG at the international level. This process will be time-consuming and expensive, but the AIHA Board and the AIHA Guideline Foundation Board are unanimous in their support for this effort.

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