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Updated OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

OSHA is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, first published in 1989. The guidelines are intended to help employers establish safety and health plans at their workplaces. 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 particularly 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 are protected equally. Public comments will be accepted until Feb. 15. For more information, see the news release.


OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

The draft document will provide employers and workers with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues in the workplace. Originally published in 1989, the new guidelines build on the previous version, as well as lessons learned from successful approaches and best practices under 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.

What's New in the Guidelines

  • A proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury, illness or death
  • Improved safety and health in all types of workplaces
  • Help for small and medium-sized businesses to effectively protect their workers
  • Increase worker involvement, so all workers have a voice in workplace safety and health
  • Better communication and coordination on multi-employer worksites

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.

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