New: Safety and Health Programs Step-by-Step Guide
The Safety and Health Programs Step-by-Step Guide is under development. The primary purpose of this field test is to obtain feedback on usefulness and how the worksheets can be improved. The content has not been fully reviewed or approved by OSHA and is subject to change.
These resources support the OSHA Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs and are actionable tools for employers to use in their workplaces. The Recommended Practices break down the components of a safety and health program into core elements. The worksheets will provide context for each core element, followed by an activity with action steps to help employers tailor the content and advance their safety and health program.
OSHA has developed the following worksheets as a tool for employers who want to start or improve a safety and health program in their workplace. The worksheets provide a step-by-step guide that organizations can use to move at their own pace and work on what matters most to them as they implement their program. The worksheets are currently set in order of the seven elements contained in OSHA's Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, but do not necessarily have to be completed in the order set forth below. OSHA believes a safety and health program must have the three basic elements of management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards to be effective.
These worksheets are for starting or improving a basic safety and health program. More advanced worksheets are under development and will be released at a later date.
How to Provide Feedback
OSHA is requesting feedback from users of these worksheets on a voluntary basis. If you would like to answer a few specific questions regarding these worksheets, please click the "feedback form" button below. Alternately, if you have questions or comments about this field test, the Step-by-Step Guide and its products, or safety and health programs, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback is confidential and will be used to improve and adjust these worksheets where necessary.
Explore the Worksheets
To use these worksheets, simply download and begin. You can take a guided journey to complete 10 steps to get your program started, chart your own path by prioritizing the core element you'd like to work on most, or download all the worksheets at once. Each worksheet provides a brief topic description, followed by an activity with actionable steps employers can take to advance their safety and health program.
Option 1: Explore by Step
Follow these 10 steps to get your program started:
- Establish safety and health as a core value. Building Your Case For A Safety And Health Program
- Lead by example. Assign Roles And Responsibilities
- Implement a reporting system. Reporting Safety And Health Concerns
- Provide training. Hazard Identification And Control Training
- Conduct inspections. Inspect The Workplace For Hazards
- Collect hazard control ideas. Review Hazard Information From Workers
- Implement hazard controls. Identify Control Options
- Address emergencies. Identify Potential Emergencies
- Seek input on workplace changes. Involve Workers In All Aspects Of Your Program
- Make improvements. Verify Program Operation
Option 2: Explore by Core Element
Expand each of the core elements below to find corresponding worksheets that can help you implement, assess, and improve your safety and health program.Not sure which element to start with? Users may find the following resource helpful when deciding.
Thank you for your interest in safety and health programs (SHPs) and management systems. These draft worksheets are part of a field test version of OSHA's SHP step-by-step guide which is still in its development phase. The beta and associated worksheets are provided “as is” and may contain errors. The content is in draft form and has not been fully approved by OSHA or USDOL.
The primary purpose of this field test is to obtain feedback on usefulness and how the worksheets can be improved. Feedback for these draft worksheets is welcome and confidential and can be submitted via webform or to: email@example.com.
- It is the responsibility of the user to read and evaluate content limitations especially with regard to intended use. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Establishing and enacting a safety and health program (SHP) in their workplace is voluntary at the Federal level.
- Download worksheet(s), read, and complete the activity, as necessary, to implement or improve your SHP. To the best of OSHA's knowledge, the information on these SHP worksheets is as accurate as possible, but no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the information for general or other purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. OSHA does not collect or keep any information on visitors who download or use these worksheets.
- OSHA reserves the right to change the information at any time without public notice. Any errors or omissions may be reported to OSHA at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to hear your feedback and may use that feedback for future enhancements.