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| Record Type:||Instruction|
| Old Directive Number:||IPC 01-00-006|
| Title:||Safety and Health Compliance Assistance Products|
| Information Date:||09/25/2007|
|DIRECTIVE NUMBER: IPC 01-00-006||EFFECTIVE DATE: 9/25/07|
|SUBJECT: Safety and Health Compliance Assistance Products|
|Purpose:||This Instruction establishes a procedure for obtaining approval to develop OSHA Safety and Health Compliance Assistance products. It also establishes procedures for developing, clearing, distributing, and maintaining approved Compliance Assistance products.|
|References:||(1) OSHA Instruction ADM 03-00-004 (ADM 8-0.4) Non-Policy Issuances, December 11, 2000; (2) DOL Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, and Integrity of Information; (3) DOL Procedures for Developing and Issuing Guidance Documents; (4) OSHA Instruction CPL 02-00-065 (CPL 2.65A) - Safety and Health Information Bulletins, August 27, 2003; (5) OSHA Instruction ADM 02-01-001 Update to the OSHA Mission and Function Statements, March 4, 2003.|
|State Impact:||State adoption is not required. See paragraph VII.|
|Action Offices:||National Office Directorates and Regional Offices.|
|Originating Office:||Directorate of Standards and Guidance.|
|Contact:||Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance|
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-3718
Washington, DC 20210
|Distribution:||National and Regional Offices|
This Bulletin is issued under statutory authority, Executive Order, and OMBís general authorities to oversee and coordinate the rulemaking process. In what is commonly known as the Information Quality Act, Congress directed OMB to issue guidelines to "provide policy and procedural guidance to Federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, utility, objectivity and integrity of information disseminated by Federal agencies."The concerns expressed by OMB as well as the Agency's desire to ensure that all Compliance Assistance products meet high standards require that a process be instituted to (1) obtain Assistant Secretary approval before Compliance Assistance products are developed; and (2) ensure an efficient, uniform review and clearance process for the products. This Instruction establishes those processes and prescribes a set of procedures for distributing and maintaining all OSHA Safety and Health Compliance Assistance products. Except as necessary to develop the initial recommendation, no Agency resources shall be committed to developing Compliance Assistance products until the Directorate/Office/Region has received Assistant Secretary approval to proceed.
This Compliance Assistance product is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The Compliance Assistance product is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must comply with safety and health standards promulgated by OSHA or by a State with an OSHA-approved State Plan. In addition, pursuant to Section 5(a)(1), the General Duty Clause of the Act, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take reasonable steps to prevent or to abate the hazard. However, failure to implement these recommendations is not, in itself, a violation of the General Duty Clause. Citations can only be based on standards, regulations, and the General Duty Clause.
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