September 11, 2006

CSA's new OHS management standard compatible with ISO 14001, ISO 9001

TORONTO, ONT-The Canadian Standards Association (CSA), has introduced Canada's first consensus-based occupational health and safety (OHS) management standard. The CSA Z1000-06 OHS management standard will provide companies a model for developing and implementing an OHS management system. It is designed to be compatible with other management system standards currently in use by organizations across Canada, such as ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 9001 (quality management). CSA Z1000 emphasizes a Canadian approach to OHS management by addressing the need for worker participation in the operation of the management system to help ensure that all workplace parties contribute to the organization's success. The standard uses a Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to provide an overall framework for managing preventive and protective measures, emergency preparedness, training, procurement issues, documentation, legal and many other safety-related requirements. CSA Z1000 is available in hard copy and PDF electronic format, in English and French. A Z1000 Smart CD-ROM to be released in October will feature value-added tools such as assessment checklists, forms and templates to assist in the implementation of the standard. More information is available on the CSA Web site, www.csa.ca.

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