The American Society of Safety Professionals has launched a new independent entity to audit and certify companies’ safety programs.

Announced Aug. 22, the ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute LLC has begun working with companies to certify their workplace safety and health processes to established standards that demonstrate a commitment to quality, ASSP said in a statement.

assp certification The institute’s certification mark (at left), which confirms adherence to specific standards, reflects a company’s investment in occupational safety and health management and is expected to provide a competitive advantage in the industry, said ASSP

The new entity will administer a fee-based program that certifies an applying organization based on recognized voluntary national and international consensus standards.

The institute is partnering with an accredited third-party registrar, Orion Registrar Inc., to carry out the audits, verify the results of the assessment, and issue a certification mark when all requirements are met.

“As the market for workplace safety and health systems becomes more global, certifications become more valuable and are more frequently pursued,” ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, said in a statement.

“ASSP has led the evolution of workplace safety for more than 100 years, so it makes sense to leverage our experience and create a seal of approval that identifies a strong commitment to safety and health.

“The institute’s certification mark demonstrates an environment built around quality-driven standards that are geared to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Investors and customers gain confidence in knowing that.”

New ISO Standard

One of many certifications provided by the institute is on the new ISO 45001 standard published in March.

The standard offers a framework that enables companies to increase employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and improve business outcomes.

The practical solutions for worker safety in ISO 45001 can be used within global supply chains in all industries, applying to contractors and subcontractors in every country.

For more information contact ASSP Standards Development Manager Ovidiu Munteanu.