Compliance Assistance Quick Start
Health Care Industry
Step 5: Develop a Comprehensive Safety and Health Program
While OSHA does not require employers to develop comprehensive safety and health programs, development and implementation of these programs is an effective way to comply with OSHA standards and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. The information you've obtained from the steps above is a good start for developing a comprehensive safety and health program.
For help in developing a program:
- Review OSHA's voluntary guidelines. OSHA's Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines (1989)
- Read a fact sheet. Effective Workplace Safety and Health Management Systems (PDF)
- See a sample program. OSHA Sample Safety and Health Program for Small Business. [Disclaimer]
- Find more help to create your own program. OSHA eTool: Safety and Health Management Systems eTool
- Request a free on-site consultation. OSHA On-site Consultation Program
- OSHA is developing Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines that will replace the 1989 guidelines.
Learn how a safety and health program can add value to your organization:
- Read a brochure. OSHA Publication: Safety and Health Add Value (PDF).
- Use an online tool. $afety Pays Program
- Learn More. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page: Making the Business Case for Safety and Health