The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines in order to review its overall approach to managing safety and health in the workplace and seeks public comment.
The guidelines pay attention to the basic elements included in most effective safety and health programs, such as management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training of workers, and program evaluation and improvement. Additionally, they provide new information needed to ensure safety in workplace at multiemployer worksites.
These new guidelines aim to encourage ongoing improvement in workplace safety and health management and performance. They also intend to Increase worker involvement and upgrade communication and coordination on multi-employer worksites. OSHA tried to use appropriate and easily understood language in order to help small and medium-sized businesses and their workers implement these guidelines. A proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury, illness or death.
“The goal of safety and health management is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths,” stated 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.”
The new guidelines are based on the previous version, first published in 1989, on two OSHA programs — Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), and similar industry and international initiatives such as ANSI/AIHA Z10 and OHSAS 18001.
This proposal (ID: OSHA-2015-0018) was posted in 11/16/2015 and is due to Feb. 14, 2016, 11:59 pm. If you want to help improve proposed guidelines, you can submit your comments in www.regulations.gov using Docket OSHA-2015-0018. In this site you can also find a draft of the revised document and a set of questions to take into consideration when reviewing the guidelines.
The 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.
There are 3 ways to make submissions. You can submit your comments:
- Electronically at: www.regulations.gov, which is the official Federal eRulemaking Portal.
- By fax to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. These submissions should be less than 10 pages (including attachments).
- By Mail, hand delivery, express mail, or messenger or courier service: Submit 3 copies to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2012-0023, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (E.T.).
For more information, visit: www.regulations.govThis entry was posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 By admin