For Immediate Release
July 18, 2019
Contact: Office of Communications
U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance
Resources to Find and Fix Workplace Hazards
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed compliance assistance resources to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness.
Workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable when employers implement a proactive, systematic process for identifying and correcting hazards. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.
- OSHA’s Safe + Sound campaign webpage has resources and activities for finding and fixing hazards.
- OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs identifies key actions for hazard identification and assessment and hazard prevention and control.
- A fact sheet guides employers through the process of using an OSHA 300 log to identify workplace hazards, and prevent injuries and illnesses.
- A guide for managers and safety officers provides tips for conducting safety walk-arounds to identify hazards in the workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs.
OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program provides valuable services for job creators that are separate from enforcement. Job creators who implement workplace improvements can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses, improve employee morale, increase productivity, and lower workers' compensation insurance premiums.
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 help 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 www.osha.gov.
OCI – housed within the Department of Labor’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy – fosters a compliance assistance culture within the Department designed to complement its ongoing enforcement efforts. This Office focuses on helping enforcement agencies more effectively use online resources to deliver information and compliance assistance to help the American people. In August 2018, OCI launched Worker.gov and Employer.gov to provide information about workers’ rights and the responsibilities of job creators toward their workers.
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