OSHA has released two fact sheets that stress the importance of tracking metrics and investigating potential hazards for creating safe workplaces and preventing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

The Use of Metrics in Process Safety Management Facilities provides employers with a list of metrics, or measurements, tracked by facilities in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs that handle highly hazardous chemicals.

OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency collaborated on The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation, which urges employers to investigate incidents that nearly led to a worker injury and find ways to prevent similar incidents.

Updated Recommended Practices

OSHA has also released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.

The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.

The recommendations feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-size businesses.

Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included.

The recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.