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AIHA standard calls for ongoing improvement
A voluntary standard (ANSI Z10-2005) was developed by the American Industrial Hygiene Association and approved by the American National Standards Institute in 2005, and includes the following elements:
Goal-oriented rather than specific
Continuous improvement model of plan-do-check-act
Assessment and reduction of hazards and risks
Prioritization of risks and hazards based on an analysis of the potential frequency and duration of exposure and possible consequences
Use a hierarchy of controls, including the elimination of hazards, if possible
Involvement and leadership of top management and participation by employees
Reviews to prevent new hazards from being introduced to the workplace
Audits and management reviews to make sure the program is being implemented appropriately.
Manuele FA. ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005: The new benchmark for safety management systems. Professional Safety 2006: 25-33. Available at: http://bit.ly/f3Zi3V.