NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and no longer represents OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.


Employee Participation in Safety and Health Efforts


Action: OSHA will promote strategies to enhance worker participation in activities where workers are partners in efforts to achieve safe and healthful workplaces.

Background: Employees have an obvious interest in working with their employers to improve safety and health at their own establishments, since their very lives and livelihoods are at stake. Moreover, workers possess a keen awareness of the many hazards to which they are exposed during the course of their operations. Many workplaces have tapped into this important resource and have achieved successful results with innovative approaches that involve safety and health programs and cooperative efforts between management and labor.

Description:

Increased Awareness. OSHA will promote the need for increased employee participation in safety and health activities. OSHA will work to ensure that employees are afforded an opportunity to participate in agency inspections and informal conferences.

Consultation. OSHA will work with States that provide consultation services to enhance worker participation in this federally funded program. For example, OSHA will assure that employees are provided copies of consultation reports and are included on consultation walk-arounds.

Anti-Discrimination. OSHA will work to improve its anti-discrimination protection. Without it, some employees will not participate in safety and health activities because of the potential for retaliatory action by their employer.

Implementation Plan: OSHA will develop a strategy for promoting employee participation by October, 1995.

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and no longer represents OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.