Introduction

"Over time, Z10 will revolutionize the practice of safety,"

& ndash; Fred Manuel in Advanced Safety Management

The continued emergence of occupation health and safety management systems (OHSMS) in the occupational health and safety (OH&S) profession is evolving how organizations approach managing these processes to advance injury and illness prevention efforts. It is becoming increasingly common for organizations to promote conformity to various management system standards, and achieve considerable gains in performance by shifting away from traditional safety management approaches, to focus on speaking the language of business – risk. This risk-based systems approach is allowing OH&S professionals to provide greater value in the organizational hierarchy, equipping them with skills that better align OH& S processes into the overall business model. As we look at how our profession has evolved, regulatory compliance and enforcement is becoming less of a driving force in how OH& S is managed, while greater emphasis being placed on the reduction of risk to the organization overall.

The Z10 standard provides a vision for the future.1 Few people question the impact Z10 has had in advancing OH&S efforts in the United States. Z10 is effective in providing a risk-based approach to OH&S management, requiring Management Leadership (3.1) and—perhaps most importantly& ndash; Employee Participation (3.2) from all levels throughout an organization.

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