OSHA is updating voluntary health and safety guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) first published its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines in 1989 as an effort to provide companies and employees with easy-to-understand methods for dealing with health and safety issues within the workplace. Some of the main elements to these guidelines are to discover and address any health or safety hazards before tragedy or accidents happen.

Now, in an effort to better address today’s workplace practices and modern technology, OSHA is asking for public comments on an updated version of these voluntary guidelines. In an agency press release, OSHA explained that all comments will be accepted until Feb. 15, 2016.

The new features outline better methods for small and medium-sized businesses to keep their workers safe. Additionally, it instructs how to boost worker involvement, open communication channels and establish proactive measures to improve the health and safety of American workspaces.

“The goal of safety and health management is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Employers who embrace these guidelines will experience lower injury and illness rates, and their progress in improving the safety culture at their worksites will contribute to higher productivity, reduced costs and greater worker satisfaction.”

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