OSHA Releases Updated Recommended Practices

11.04.2016
HR & Safety

OSHA has 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 new recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.
New OSHA Recommended PracticesThey feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small and midsize businesses.
Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included.
The programs are not prescriptive; they are built around a core set of business processes that can be implemented to suit a particular workplace in any industry.
OSHA has seen them successfully implemented in manufacturing, construction, healthcare, technology, retail, services, higher education, and government.

Core Elements

The OSHA recommendations include seven core elements for a safety and health program:

  • Management leadership
  • Worker participation
  • Hazard identification and assessment
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Education and training
  • Program evaluation and improvement
  • Communication and coordination for host employers, contractors and staffing agencies

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

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