According to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), organizations typically measure safety and health performance by tracking incidents after the fact with lagging metrics. In an effort to improve this method, the ASSP has published a Voluntary National Consensus Standard that outlines a balanced measurement approach, using leading, lagging, and impact measurements. According to the group, the new standard can help organizations prevent injuries, illnesses and many other incidents.
ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022, Safety and Health and Performance Measures, incorporates what the ASSP calls a balanced assessment of risk management factors and safety management systems that enables a company to take a more comprehensive and effective approach to safety and health.
“Relying solely on overdue measures does not improve workplace safety,” said Alexi Carli, chair of the ASSP’s Z16 committee, in a prepared statement. “We need a comprehensive and systematic way to influence what happens while understanding how and why it happens. The balanced approach of this standard measures actions that drive improvement. This is a major development that can help businesses thrive, especially in today’s challenging environment.
“Occupational safety and health professionals are strategic business partners,” Carli said, “and the new normal empowers them to help business leaders achieve greater organizational effectiveness and improve resilience. .”
Find more information about ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022 on the ASSP website.
The ASSP has also revised two standards.
Z117.1-2022, Safety Requirements for Entering Confined Spaces, provides minimum safety requirements to follow when entering, exiting, and working in confined spaces.
Confined space safety standards are essential in all industries, as first responders may not have the capability to perform a rescue under all circumstances. Proactive implementation of a standard such as Z117.1-2022 reduces risks such as lack of oxygen, which is a major atmospheric hazard in confined space incidents.
ANSI/ASSP A1264.2-2022, Reducing Slip Missteps on Walking-Working Surfaces, provides guidance for adequate slip resistance. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Although these hazards exist in many work environments, organizations can take simple steps to mitigate or eliminate them.
Voluntary National Consensus Standards provide the latest expert advice and fill the gaps where federal regulations do not exist. Companies rely on them to drive improvement and injury prevention. Because regulatory requirements are slow to change and often outdated, compliance is not enough to protect workers.