OSHA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Updated Safety Guidelines

OSHA Fines

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public comment on an updated version of its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines (OSHA-2015-0018).

First published in 1989, the guidelines are intended to help employers establish safety and health plans at their workplaces.

Key principles include finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness, and making sure that workers have a voice in safety and health.

The updated guidelines*, which include illustrations, tools and resources, should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. The guidelines also address ways in which multiple employers at the same worksite can coordinate efforts to make sure all workers are protected equally.

Public comments will be accepted until Feb. 15. Comments can also be posted directly to www.regulations.gov using Docket #OSHA-2015-0018.

The updated guidelines should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. They also address ways in which multiple employers at the same worksite can coordinate efforts to make sure all workers are protected.

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.