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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Work Item on Road Traffic Safety

New York, Sep 28, 2007

The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) has submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new International Management Systems Standard on the subject of road traffic safety.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, road traffic is the cause of more than fifty million worldwide injuries each year. Unless there is a commitment to address this major public health challenge, projections indicate that the next twenty years will see a 65% increase in road traffic injuries.

The new work item would outline the principles of road traffic safety, as well as requirements and guidelines for the implementation of a road traffic safety management system. The standard would be applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, location, or product type.

Specifically, the document would seek to:

  • establish the requirements for a road traffic safety management system,
  • provide guidance for organizations to be effective and systematic as they implement their road traffic safety objectives,
  • introduce the concept of Traffic Safety Performance Indicators, enabling an understanding of the process that leads to injuries and facilitating the definition of goals and objectives, and
  • address the needs of all stakeholders, including infrastructure experts, authorities, consumers, transportation service providers, governments, and vehicle manufacturers, among others.

As the official U.S. member of the ISO, ANSI is seeking comments on the SIS proposal from all affected U.S. stakeholders. All input will be used to develop a recommended position with possible comments that will be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for approval.

Interested parties are invited to review the proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (, by Friday, November 16, 2007.

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