OSHA Seeks Safety Guide Comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 09:11 AM gHale

OSHA is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, first published in 1989.

The guidelines mean to help employers establish safety and health plans at their workplaces.

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Key principles include finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness, and making sure that workers have a voice in safety and health.

The updated guidelines, which include illustrations, tools and resources, should be helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses.

The guidelines also address ways in which multiple employers at the same worksite can coordinate efforts to make sure all workers end up protected equally. OSHA will accept public comments until Feb. 15.

“The goal of safety and health management is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Employers who embrace these guidelines will experience lower injury and illness rates, and their progress in improving the safety culture at their worksites will contribute to higher productivity, reduced costs and greater worker satisfaction.”

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