ASSP: New Standard Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries


ASSP: New Standard Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries

  • 04/30/22

Park Ridge, IL ( – Organizations typically measure safety and health performance by tracking incidents after the fact with lagging metrics. To improve on this method, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published a voluntary national consensus standard that outlines a balanced measurement approach, using advanced, delayed, and impact measurements. 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 a balanced assessment of risk management factors and safety management systems that allows a company to take a more comprehensive approach and effective health and safety.

“Relying solely on late measures does not improve workplace safety,” said Alexi Carli, MS, CSP, chair of the Z16 committee. “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. It’s a major development that can help businesses thrive, especially in today’s challenging environment.

Find more information about ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022 on the ASSP website.

“Occupational safety and health professionals are strategic business partners,” Carli added, “and the new standard empowers them to help business leaders achieve greater organizational effectiveness and improve resilience. .”

In addition to introducing a new standard, the ASSP has revised two standards that will also help advance occupational safety and health. Z117.1-2022, Safety Requirements for Entering Confined Spaces, provides the 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.

The ASSP is a world leader in developing occupational safety and health standards, helping employers minimize workplace risks. The organization’s extensive collection of new and revised standards focus on psychological safety and health, fall protection, construction and demolition operations, and prevention by design.

In addition to implementing safety and health standards, all employers are encouraged to carry out regular workplace risk assessments, which are effective in addressing many safety and health issues across all industries. .


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