The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that they are now requesting public comments on an updated version of their voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. These guidelines were originally published in 1989 and are now being updated to adapt to modern technology and today’s practices. To learn more about these guidelines, it is recommended to seek the counsel of your local OSHA defense lawyers.
About OSHA’s Program Management Guidelines
OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines are in place to provide both employers and workers a framework for addressing safety and health issue topics in the workplace. The updated guidelines will add to the outdated version and incorporate lessons learned from OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
How Does This Enhance The Construction Industry?
These guidelines are set forth to assist employers in creating health and safety management plans to keep their workers safe. These guidelines will help employers discover and fix any safety hazards before they can cause an accident or injury, as well as guaranteeing that employees are able to have a voice in safety and health concerns. These guidelines are especially crucial for small and medium-sized companies to help them effectively protect their workers, and increase communication on worksites.
These guidelines are not a new standard or regulation and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations. Construction employers that follow these updated guidelines will achieve a decrease in injury and illness rates and steadily improve the safety culture at their worksites, which will be instrumental in higher job productivity, lower costs and better worker satisfaction.
To review the draft guidelines and provide comment, visit OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management page (https://www.osha.gov/shpmguidelines/index.html). Comments will be accepted until Feb. 15, 2016. For your convenience, comments also can be posted directly to www.regulations.gov.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.