Recently, I was giving a presentation to the ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter as part of their Professional Development Conference. Thanks again to the ASSE folks for having me as a presenter, and thanks to everyone who attended my session.
The session I led was about how to develop and deliver effective EHS training. It was in large part based on ANSI Z490.1, which is the (U.S.) national standard covering Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training. (If you’re interested in more about ANSI Z490.1, which was revised in 2016, please see the series of articles beginning here, or view the on-demand 30-minute webinar here, or download our Z490.1 Companion/Effective EHS Training Guide.)
At the very beginning of the presentation, after I explained I’d be discussing EHS training and that a lot of what I’d say was drawn from the newly revised version ANSI Z490.1, one of the ASSE members in the audience asked me if there was a similar ISO standard that had been revised recently also.
I explained that I thought he was thinking of ISO 45001, which is NOT about EHS training but is instead about Safety and Health Management, and which is available only in draft form (the comments section has been extended for the time being).
And I also noted that OSHA had its own Safety and Health Management Guidelines document which was available in draft form and for which OSHA recently had (and has since closed) a comments period.
In short, we quickly learned there was a lot of confusion given:
- The different topics such as “Effective EHS Training,” “Safety and Health Management,” and so on
- The differences between an OSHA standard/regulation, an OSHA guideline, and national/international standards created by organizations such as ANSI or ISO
- The large number of national and/or international standards
- The large number of standards and guidelines that are currently being created/updated
- The number of final publication and implementation deadlines that are being pushed back for a variety of reasons
So I decided I’d write a series of articles focusing on ANSI Z10. It’s a standard about Safety and Health Management, like ISO 45001, but it’s in final form. And it’s created by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is relevant to Convergence and to many of our customers, since we’re located in the U.S.
This is the first article in that series about ANSI Z10, then.
In this article, I’ll try to clear up some of the confusion mentioned above about the different topics and the different organizations.
And in future articles in this series, I’m pretty sure what we’ll do is try to see how the upcoming OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guideline may differ from the ANSI Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard and then take a closer look at the different sections within ANSI Z10. But don’t hold me to that word-for-word, because I’m still in “flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants” mode on the future articles.
It should be an interesting ride that takes us through eight articles or so by the time we’re done. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for a fun trip ahead.