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2116. INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 29 USC 653; 29 USC 655; 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1900.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many States, members of the safety and health community, insurance companies, professional organizations, companies participating in the Agency's Voluntary Protection Programs, and many proactive employers in all industries recognize the value of worksite-specific injury and illness prevention programs in reducing and preventing job-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The reductions in job-related injuries and illnesses, workers' compensation costs, and absenteeism that occur after employers implement such programs dramatically demonstrate their effectiveness. OSHA has decided to develop an injury and illness prevention rule because occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are continuing to occur at an unacceptably high rate. For example, an average of about 16 workers were killed each day in 1999. This number does not include an estimated 137 daily deaths associated with job-related chronic illnesses. The Agency is currently evaluating the appropriate scope and form of the proposed rule, as well as the hazards the rule will address, and is considering a number of regulatory and non-regulatory alternatives.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 12/00/02  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State

Federalism: This action may have federalism implications as defined in EO 13132.

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AB41


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