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May 4, 2010
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OSHA will use comments from a series of stakeholder meetings to help develop a proposed rule for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, known as I2P2.

The rule will require employers to develop and implement a program that minimizes worker exposure to safety and health hazards. Instead of waiting for an OSHA inspection or a workplace incident to address workplace hazards, employers would be required to create a plan for identifying and correcting hazards, and then implement the plan. Workers would also participate in the development and implementation of such plans.

“We are asking employers to ‘find and fix’ the hazards in their workplaces,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “This common sense rule will help make the secretary of labor’s vision of ‘Good Jobs for Everyone’ a reality.”

The meetings will be held June 3 in East Brunswick, N.J., June 10 in Dallas, Texas, and June 29 in Washington, D.C. All meetings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

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