As you may know, Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is part of the sub-committee creating the upcoming ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 standard for online EHS training.
As a result, this gives us the ability to periodically update you on developments with the creation of that standard. For example, in recent updates we discussed the meaning of the phrase “online safety training” and the use of the Delphi Method to create the new standard.
In this update, we’re going to tell you a few things we discussed and worked on in our most recent meetings, as well as point out something important about the structure of many standards like this that also has importance for OSHA compliance (hint: it involves words like “shall” and “should”).
Here’s a very quick recap of some of the things we worked on in the most recent meeting:
We did some other stuff, too, but the items listed above are the biggies.
If you’re familiar with national standards, you may notice that they often have two columns per page. There’s one column on the left, and a second column on the right side of the same page.
That’s true of Z490.2, and it’s true of many other standards.
If you’re not sure why the standard has two columns, here’s your explanation. The column on the left is the list of requirements. These are things you have to do. You’ll often see words like “shall” in this column. On the other hand, the column on the left is a list of recommendations. These are things you might want to do, or that the standard creators hope you do, or they’re tips/examples of how to implement the requirement in the corresponding left-hand column. You’ll often see words like “should” in this column, or “may” or “might.”
Z490.2 includes an explanation of this. Here’s what it says:
American National Standard Z490.2 uses a two-column format to provide both specific requirements and supporting information.
The left column, designated “Standard Requirements,” is confined solely to these requirements. The right column, designated “Explanatory Information,” contains information that is intended to clarify the standard. This column is not a part of the standard.
For those of you who are interested in how this general two-column formatting of standard impacts issues of OSHA compliance, you’ll be interested in this little excerpt from 1910.6:
Only the mandatory provisions (i.e., provisions containing the word “shall” or other mandatory language) of standards incorporated by reference are adopted as standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
We hope you found this update helpful and invite you to watch for our next update.
Until then, hang tight for the new national standard and feel free to download the free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, below.
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