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CSHS Encourages Safety Pros to Comment on Sustainability Standard

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PARK RIDGE, IL -- The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) is encouraging safety and health professionals around the world to let their voices be heard over the next month on a key international standard connected to corporate sustainability.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is seeking feedback on proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. The comment period is open through Oct. 9.

The GRI 403 standard – part of the first global standards for sustainability reporting – details reporting practices related to occupational health and safety (OHS) that can be used by any organization wanting to fully report its sustainability impacts.

According to GRI, the standard is being revised to reflect internationally supported best practices as well as to align it with recent developments in OHS management, including the upcoming ISO 45001 standard. Improvements include greater emphasis on hazards and the application of the hierarchy of controls. Also proposed are better methodologies for calculating injury and illness data, and new leading indicators based on how workers are covered by management systems and have access to occupational health services.

"The GRI 403 standard provides a lever for change in corporate reporting practices on OHS globally,” said Kathy A. Seabrook, chair of the CSHS Board of Directors. "Safety and health professionals need to step up, participate and influence the final standard through this public consultation period. It’s a significant development in our profession.”

Safety and health professionals should consider the following questions when reviewing the revised standard:

• Do the performance indicators demonstrate an organization’s true OHS performance?
• Are the performance indicators feasible and practical to implement across all organizations?
• Will the data produced be useful to you and a wide range of stakeholders?
• Do you suggest changes to the proposed disclosures and reporting requirements?
GRI is presenting a webinar on the proposed standard on Sept. 26. Feedback on the update can be shared online.

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