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Announcement of Safety and Health Practices Survey

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing the launch of a survey of private sector employers on current safety and health practices. This survey will allow OSHA to better design future rules, compliance assistance and outreach efforts.

The survey, which may contact as many as 19,000 employers nationwide, will ask questions about employers' current practices with regard to safety and health management in their workplaces. For example, the survey will ask employers if they already have a safety management system, whether they perform annual inspections, who manages safety at their establishment, and what kinds of hazards they encounter at their facilities. Participation in the survey is voluntary.

Respondents will receive a paper copy of the survey which they can fill out and return to OSHA's contractor, Eastern Research Group (ERG), or alternatively respondents can answer the survey's question at a web site. Survey results without employer identities, will be provided by ERG to the Agency. The survey will contact private sector employers across all industries under OSHA jurisdiction and is designed to solicit responses from employers of all sizes.

The surveys will be mailed to employers beginning on May 10 and the Agency expects the data collection phase to be completed by August.

The Agency published a notice of its intent to conduct the survey in the Federal Register August 12, 2010. Following a 60-day comment period, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Agency published a second Federal Register notice for comment to OMB on November 3, 2010. The Agency received clearance from OMB to conduct the survey on March 16. The clearance was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2011. The survey was pre-tested with a sample of employers in April.

The formal name of the survey is "Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices." ERG is using the name "OSHA National Survey of Safety and Health Practices" on the web page www.oshasurvey.com.

The Docket, including a copy of the survey and the clearance paperwork can be found at
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR+PR+N+O+SR;rpp=10;po=0;D=OSHA-2010-0033.

At the OSHA National Office in Washington, DC, contact either Hong Kim (tel. 202-693-1940, kim.hong@dol.gov) or Chuck McCormick (tel. 202-693-1740, mccormick.charles@dol.gov) for more information.