In the wake of an April garment-factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,129 people, the International Organization for Standardization said it will develop a new global workplace-safety standard.
With the proposed standard, the organization said it aims to provide "effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world."
"This proposed occupational health and safety standard represents one of the most significant consensus-standards activities in the last 50 years," said S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
"It has the potential to significantly and positively impact occupational health and safety management on a global level."
ISO Project Committee 283 will oversee the creation of the new standard.
To support the committee's effort, ANSI and the American Society of Safety Engineers are seeking participants for a U.S. technical advisory group.
"All U.S. experts and interested stakeholders in [occupational health and safety] management are strongly encouraged to get involved and help influence the development of this important standard," ANSI said in a news release.
The group "will advise ANSI on voting positions relevant to the proposed OH&S management standard, and will carry out detailed discussions on issues related to its development," ANSI explained.
As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI accredits U.S. technical advisory groups to develop and transmit U.S. positions on ISO technical activities.
Following the advisory group's accreditation by ANSI, the American Society of Safety Engineers will head up the U.S. work effort by serving as the U.S. advisory-group administrator to ISO Project Committee 283.
"ISO PC 283 will be doing critically important work, and the U.S. needs to have a strong, active and engaged role in this activity," Bhatia said.