Safety and Health Program Voluntary Standards Crosswalk
The Correspondence Among Existing SHP Standards, Guidelines, and Recommendations Tool (PDF) compares the core elements and action items from OSHA's Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to other safety and health program standards and guidelines. Users may find this helpful if they are trying to decide which framework is best suited for them. It covers the following:
- OSHA's original 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.
- OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program's "Star" criteria (2008) - PDF. See Chapter III. Free download.
- International Labour Organization's Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management (PDF) (2001). Free download.
- OHSAS 18001 (2007). An international standard published by the British Standards Institute. Copies of the standard is available for purchase through the British Standards Institute.
- ANSI/AIHA Z-10 (2012). An American national standard published by the American National Standards Institute and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Copies of the standard can be purchased through ANSI webstore.
- National Safety Council's Journey to Safety Excellence (JSE). Requires registration to access some of the tools and guidance materials.
Safety and Health Program Existing OSHA Standards Crosswalk
This tool identifies overlaps between existing OSHA standards that may apply to your workplace and action items described in the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. These requirements overlap with the guideline's core elements of Management Leadership, Worker Participation, Hazard Identification and Assessment, Education and Training. The tool can help you identify actions you are already taking to comply and use as building blocks for your safety and health program.
A secondary purpose of the tool is the help you identify how establishing a safety and health program will help you more effectively comply with those safety and health standards that apply to you. This will occur as you implement, as part of your program, effective procedures for identifying and mitigating hazards, involving workers in finding solutions, and conducting reviews to ensure controls are working and safety and health is improving.
Safety and Health Programs in the States
Many states already do one or more of the following:
- Require certain employers to establish safety and health programs (by rule or statute).
- Provide incentives to employers who establish safety and health programs (through workers' compensation premium credits or discounts).
- Publicly recognize public employers who establish safety and health programs.
- Provide support to employers who seek to implement safety and health programs (with free training and consultations).
Safety and Health Program Audit Tool
Download the program audit tool (PDF) and use it to evaluate your program and how well your organization has implemented it, identify remaining weaknesses, and use the results to focus on continual improvement.