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SIX PRINCIPLES OF THE NEW OSHA FOR PROTECTING AMERICA'S WORKERS


PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTING AMERICA'S WORKERS
  1. OSHA's purpose is to save lives, prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, and protect the health of all America's workers. This includes efforts to protect groups of workers who are small and unorganized but who are particularly vulnerable or who face special hazards.
  2. Whenever possible, OSHA will seek and expect implementation of hazard control strategies based upon primary prevention, i.e., strategies which focus on fixing the underlying causes of problems and reducing hazardous exposures at their source.
  3. OSHA will initiate strategic, public-private partnerships to identify and encourage the spread of industry best practices to solve national problems.
  4. Employer commitment and meaningful employee participation and involvement in safety and health is a key ingredient in effective programs.
  5. All safety and health services, resources, rules, and information must be readily accessible and understandable to employees, employers, and OSHA's staff.
  6. OSHA intends to be a performance-oriented, data-driven organization that places the highest premium on real results rather than activities and processes. OSHA's programs must be judged according to their success at eliminating hazards and reducing injuries and illnesses.