ANSI/AIHA Z10 versus OSHA's VPP program
There are significant differences between the ANSI/AIHA Z10 and OSHA's VPP program. As such, there are pros and cons of both. In order to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of implementing one program over another, the real and perceived benefits of each must be addressed, relative to the difficulty of implementation. Both benefits and implementation come together to equal the value a company would receive depending on which program the company chose to utilize. More people have heard of OSHA than have heard of ANSI, but that does not negate the value and strength of the latter. In some types of organizations and in specific fields, ANSI is more commonly referred to and the guidelines are seen as being more significant.
The ANSI, or American National Standards Institute, is a non-profit that is designed specifically to oversee development of voluntary standards regarding everything from programs to products to personnel throughout the US (ANSI, 2012). The Z10 standard is focused on environmental health and safety, and provides requirements for management systems, along with guidelines that help improve EHS. The Z10 standards encompass many areas of EHS, including financial performance, health and safety, productivity, quality, and similar objectives in business (ANSI, 2012). There are seven section topics in the Z10, and also information for risk assessments that have not been included previously (ANSI,