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1869. 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 withdraw this item from the regulatory agenda. The Agency plans to review and revise as appropriate its 1989 Voluntary Safety and Health Management Guidelines. OSHA has received feedback from participants in the Agency's voluntary programs and from other stakeholders on the strengths and weaknesses of the existing guidelines. Although the guidelines help employers understand the basic approach to managing safety and health in the workplace, they do not sufficiently reflect the importance of employee participation or program evaluation. In addition, the Agency will continue and expand efforts to communicate the value and benefits of injury and illness prevention programs to employers. Extended outreach efforts combined with revised voluntary guidelines will encourage more widespread adoption of comprehensive and systematic injury and illness prevention programs.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Withdrawn 08/15/02 55 FR 2776

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: Steven F. Witt, Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AB41




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