ASSP: New Standard Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries
Park Ridge, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Organizations typically measure safety and health performance by tracking incidents after the fact with lagging metrics. To improve that method, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published a voluntary national consensus standard that outlines a balanced measurement approach, using leading, lagging and impact metrics. The new standard can help organizations prevent injuries, illnesses and many other incidents from occurring in the first place.
“Relying solely on lagging metrics does not improve workplace safety,” said Alexi Carli, M.S., CSP, chair of the Z16 committee. “We need a complete, systematic method to influence what happens while understanding how and why it happens. This standard's balanced approach measures actions that drive improvement. It's a major development that can help businesses thrive, especially in today's challenging environment.”
Find more information on ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022 on the ASSP website.
“Occupational safety and health professionals are strategic business partners,” Carli added, “and the new standard enables them to help corporate leaders achieve greater organizational efficiencies and improve resilience.”
Confined space safety standards are critical across all industries because first responders may not have the capability to perform a rescue in all circumstances. Proactively implementing a standard such as Z117.1-2022 reduces risks such as oxygen deficiency, which is a leading atmospheric hazard in confined space incidents.
Voluntary national consensus standards provide the latest expert guidance and fill gaps where federal regulations don't exist. Companies rely on them to drive improvement and injury prevention. With regulatory requirements being slow to change and often out of date, compliance is not sufficient to protect workers.
ASSP is global leader in the development of workplace safety and health standards, helping employers minimize on-the-job risks. The organization's broad collection of new and revised standards focuses on psychological safety and health, fall protection, construction and demolition operations, and prevention through design.
In addition to implementing safety and health standards, all employers are encouraged to regularly conduct workplace risk assessments, which are effective in combatting many safety and health issues across all industries.
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