Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Announces New Standard to Help Prevent Canadian Workplace Injuries and Fatalities
On September 6, 2006 the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) unveiled Canada’s first consensus-based workplace health and safety management standard. According to CSA, the new standard, titled CSA Z1000-06 Occupational Health and Safety Management, is intended to reduce or prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace by providing companies with a model for developing and implementing an occupational health and safety management system.
Labour, business, government representatives and various organizations worked together to help create this new standard that emphasizes a Canadian approach to workplace health and safety management. The standard recognizes the need for worker participation in the organization’s management system and is designed to lead to a safer work environment for all Canadians.
In addition to requirements text, CSA Z1000 also includes extensive guidance material to assist users in implementing the management system. It was 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).
Source: Canadian Standards Association
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