Key Takeaways

Management accountability for OSH performance is the foundation for management commitment. This article discusses what occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) references can be used to design management accountability into OHSMS.

Measuring the right part of the organization on the right things is essential for a culture of continual improvement. Apply a “balanced set of metrics” to strategic OSH objectives.

Worker recognition is the foundation for worker involvement and participation. See examples of maturing worker participation to engagement, while enhancing recognition programs.

With the 2018 publication of the ISO 45001 standard and the 2019 revision of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 standard, a marked increase has taken place in the use and improvement of occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs) among organizations throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Management systems are modeled after the Deming cycle of plan, do, check and act (PDCA). First published as a quality management system (ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015), the environmental management system (ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015) and occupational safety and health assessment series (OHSAS 18001) soon followed. ISO gained traction in 2018 when publishing its OHSMS standard as ISO 45001.

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