Workplace Risk Assessment – CSA Z1002: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it

CSA Z1002 CoverThe CSA Z1002 TC Needs to Know: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it?

We need to know: Do you Love CSA Z1002? Hate CSA Z1002? Does it need some tweak­ing? We have a sur­vey so you can let us know!

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

Shop Floor Hazard Identification
Shop Floor Inspection

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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Author: Doug Nix

+DougNix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Managing Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog.

Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity.

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