Victor Toy, M.P.H., CSP, CIH, FAIHA, is the recipient of the 2018 Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal. Toy is recognized for advancing occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) globally. He is vice chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 OHSMS standards development committee, the U.S. head of delegation and expert to the ISO Project Committee 283 that developed the international ISO 45001 OHSMS standard, and chair of the U.S. ISO 45001 Technical Advisory Committee.
For the past 15 years, Toy has actively worked to develop and advocate for OHSMS standards. His impact on the development of these standards began with the initial development of ANSI Z10 as one of the original members of the standards development committee. He ascended to the role of vice chair of the committee and lead for the edit committee on the second revision, a position he still holds. This standard served not only as the American standard but as the base U.S. position influencing the development of ISO 45001.
Toy helped shape the groundbreaking ISO 45001 OHSMS standard through his role as leader of the delegation of U.S. experts contributing to the development of the standard and in his role as chair of the U.S. committee representing all interest groups, including industry, labor, government, academia and consultants. The significance of this work has been recognized by ANSI CEO S. Joe Bhatia as one of the most significant consensus standards development activities of the past 50 years with its potential to improve occupational health and safety management on a global level.
The development and revision of Z10 and the approval of ISO 45001 provide a consensus model and process for an organization’s leadership to integrate, establish, implement, maintain and continually improve the organization’s occupational health and safety management system into the overall business model. Toy has been at the forefront of this transformation of the safety and health profession, and how safety and health is managed within organizations around the world.
Toy is president and principal consultant for Insyst OH&S, a consulting company specializing in safety and health management systems, following more than 30 years in industry and government sectors, most recently with IBM as the firm’s leader in global H&S transformation, strategy and policy development. Toy is a professional member of ASSP’s Greater San Jose and San Francisco chapters, and a member of the Society’s Consultants and Management practice specialties.
The medal is named in honor of Thomas F. Bresnahan, a highly regarded retired ASSP staff member and ASSP Society Fellow. Bresnahan reinvigorated ASSP’s standards development program and helped position ASSP for future growth. ASSP members active in the development of voluntary national consensus standards are eligible to receive the medal, which is given to one member during ASSP’s annual professional development conference.