Recommended Safety and Health Practices Released by OSHA

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

"Since OSHA's original guidelines were published more than 25 years ago, employers and employees have gained a lot of experience in how to use safety and health programs to systematically prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "We know that working together to implement these programs will help prevent injuries and illnesses, and also make businesses more sustainable."

The recommended practices use a proactive approach to managing workplace safety and health with an emphasis on “finding and fixing” hazards before they cause injury or illness.

The seven core elements for a safety and health program as identified by the agency include: management leadership; worker participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and control; education and training; program evaluation and improvement; and communication and coordination for host employers, contractors and staffing agencies.

Stay tuned for detailed information on OSHA’s updated practices in upcoming issues of Inside OSHA Regulations.