In 2016, OSHA updated its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs for the first time in decades to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.

According to the agency, the updated recommended practices are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and midsize business settings and offer a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful 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


According to OSHA, implementing its recommended practices to design or improve safety and health programs helps employers:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance their social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations

Assistance from CONN-OSHA

If you would like help updating your safety and health program or practices, CONN-OSHA offers a variety of consulting services that can ensure your facility and safety practices are up to OSHA standards with no risk of penalties or citations.

Consultations are provided in the areas of safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, injury and illness prevention plans, and new business assistance.

CONN-OSHA views each consultation visit as an opportunity to help the employer incorporate the key elements of an effective workplace injury and illness prevention plan into the way the business is run over the long term.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).