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Draft Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines Document

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prepared a draft document to provide guidance on establishing and managing workplace safety and health programs, and sought comments from all interested parties.
The comment period closed on February 22, 2016.
OSHA held a public meeting on the guidlines on March 10, 2016.

OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

The guidelines provide employers and workers with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues in the workplace. Originally published in 1989, the new guidelines build on the previous version, as well as lessons learned from successful approaches and best practices under two OSHA programs — Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), and similar industry and international initiatives such as ANSI/AIHA Z10 and OHSAS 18001.

What's New in the Guidelines

  • A proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury, illness or death
  • Improved safety and health in all types of workplaces
  • Help for small and medium-sized businesses to effectively protect their workers
  • Increase worker involvement, so all workers have a voice in workplace safety and health
  • Better communication and coordination on multi-employer worksites

The guidelines are not a new standard or regulation and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.


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