Z10 – Occupational Health and Safety Standard

ANSI/AIHA Standard Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, has been published. The standard, developed through a consensus process by a committee of experts and stakeholders from industry, labor, business, professional organizations, and government, is a fully recognized American National Standard. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) serves as secretariat for the Z10 Committee.

The new standard enables organizations to integrate occupational health and safety (OHS) management into their overall business management systems. It focuses on principles that are broadly applicable to organizations of all sizes and types, not on detailed specifications. It is compatible with relevant OHS, environmental, and quality management standards, as well as, with approaches to OHS management in common use in the United States.

Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 12,000 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. You can order the Z10 standard for $65 at this AIHA web site.

ANAB Accreditation Program for Z10 

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has developed an accreditation program to support ANSI/AIHA Standard Z10. Because the new standard is compatible with environmental and quality management standards, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, it will allow organizations to integrate occupational health and safety management into their overall business management systems.

“The Z10 standard of management systems and principles is designed to help organizations of all types and sizes improve their occupational health and safety performance,” says Robert H. King Jr., ANAB president. “Our accreditation program is intended to meet the needs of the U.S. market for an accredited certification program for occupational health and safety management systems.”