We need to know: Do you Love CSA Z1002? Hate CSA Z1002? Does it need some tweaking?
The First of Its Kind
In 2012, CSA published the first OHS Risk Assessment Standard of its kind: CSA Z1002, Occupational health and safety — Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control. This standard has been in use in Canadian workplaces for four years now, and the Technical Committee is considering the need for updates and improvements to this important standard.
Key to the Z1000 Family
Z1002 is a key member of the Z1000 OHS Management System family of standards because it provides a central tool used in all of the other standards: Risk Assessment. Because it holds this central role, it’s important that it work smoothly and effectively, providing the kind of information that all of the other standards need to do their parts in reducing workplace risk.
The origins of Z1002 come from the machinery safety world where risk assessment is well developed, but the methods presented were broadened to allow their use in many other areas. Were they broadened enough? Could they be improved? These are important questions!
Influencing Other Standards
The Significance of Z1002 in the Z1000 family has given it additional influence in other CSA OHS standards, including CSA Z432 Safeguarding of Machinery, CSA W117.2 Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes, and even in CSA Z614 Children’s Playspaces and Equipment! This kind of influence puts even greater pressure on the standard, and the Technical Committee, to provide the kind of solid, reliable guidance needed.
The Second Edition
In order for the Technical Committee to move on to revising the standard and producing a Second Edition, we need input from the user community. We have heard a bit from some users, but we really want to hear from YOU. CSA has created a very brief survey that you can take to let the TC know how you are using the standard, if it’s doing the job for you, and what you think needs trashing, polishing, or tweaking. We REALLY want to hear from you, so please, take a few minutes and answer the survey! You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy because you did, and we’ll get some good ideas about what to do with the future edition of Z1002! Sound like a good deal? I thought so!
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