Safety Standards Development
As an advocate for workplace safety and OSH professionals, ASSP understands the importance of leading the discussion and evolution of voluntary safety standards. Learn more about the importance of voluntary safety standards, how they are developed, the role we play in their development and how you can get involved with developing standards, too.
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Note to standards users: In June 2018, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was renamed American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). As a result of this change, ASSE American National Standards now bear the designation ANSI/ASSP instead of ANSI/ASSE (e.g., ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 is now ANSI/ASSP Z359.2). The organization’s name change did not affect the content of our standards.
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The ANSI/ASSP Z117.1 standard provides minimum safety requirements for entering, exiting and working in confined spaces at normal atmospheric pressure.
The ANSI/ASSP A10 standards relate to the protection of employees and the public from hazards arising out of or associated with construction and demolition operations.
Falls remain a leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities. The ANSI/ASSP Z359 standards address fall protection equipment and systems for climbing, work positioning, fall arrest, rescue, evacuation and other fall hazard operations, as well as training, hazard identification and abating hazards to help prevent injuries and illness when working at height.
The ANSI/ASSP Z15.1 standard can guide an organization’s effort to develop policies, procedures and management processes to control risks associated with the operation of motor vehicles.
The ANSI/ASSP Z390.1 standard establishes minimum requirements for site-specific hydrogen sulfide safety training programs that will enhance safety in occupational settings where hydrogen sulfide is present or is recognized as being potentially present.
The ANSI/ASSP Z244.1 standard establishes requirements for controlling hazardous energy through lockout/tagout measures and alternative methods.
Various standards are available for new, existing, modified or rebuilt power and manual driven machines that are used to process materials and the associated equipment used to transfer material or tooling.
The ISO 45001 standard and the ANSI/ASSP Z10 standard focus on how programs and entities can work together to maintain and improve worker safety and health domestically and globally by defining minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management systems.
The ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard provides guidance on how to manage overall safety training programs, as well as criteria for developing training that incorporates adult learning principles.
A series of different standards are available for occupational personal protective equipment that is worn to address a variety of hazards and exposures in a wide range of work environments.
The ANSI/ASSP Z590.3 standard helps safety professionals and their employers incorporate prevention through design concepts into decision-making related to the design and redesign of work premises, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes.
Used globally and domestically by those engaged in managing and assessing risks, the ISO 31000 (ANSI/ASSP Z690) standards can be applied throughout the life of an organization and to a wide range of activities, including strategies and decisions, operations, processes, functions, projects, products, services and assets.
For the safety profession, the ANSI/ASSP Z590.2 standard establishes core competencies, certifications, credentials, levels of qualifications and credentials, and learning support resources, including competency, performance assessments, outcomes and measurement.
Intended to help employers and employees reduce and prevent exposure to harmful substances, the ANSI/ASSP Z9 standards define the minimum requirements for health and safety for ventilation systems.
The purpose of the ANSI/ASSP A1264 standards are to provide protection of employees in workplace situations by establishing provisions for safe working and walking environments where there is potential for slips and results due to surface characteristics and conditions.
The A92 standards provide criteria for vehicle-mounted rotating and elevating work platforms, elevating aerial platforms, boom supported elevated aerial platforms, and a series of equipment related to the aerial platform and access industry.