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February 1, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA extends public comment period for updated
Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the public comment period on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.

The current comment period was announced on November 16, 2015, and was to close on February 15, 2016. OSHA is extending the comment period by one week to allow interested parties more time to provide feedback on the draft Guidelines. The comment period will now close on February 22, 2016.

For more information on the draft guidelines and provide comment, visit OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management webpage. Comments can also be posted directly to using Docket #OSHA-2015-0018.

The guidelines are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

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