Prelude to safety program standard: OSHA to survey 14,000+ employers; conduct site visits; interview state plan officials to assess safety practices (9/29)
In addition to the survey, OSHA is also proposing to conduct 85 case study interviews in two sectors:
- Establishments in the agriculture sector to assess the prevalence of safety and health practices among farms with more than 10 workers; and
- Interviews with government officials in State Plan states to assess safety and health practices among agencies and departments operated by state and local governments.
OSHA also is proposing to conduct as many as 50 site visits to employers. During its visits, OSHA would collect information on current employer practices (much like the information collected in the ‘‘case studies’’ and the survey questionnaire itself), but also solicit information from employers on how they would comply with such a regulation and what time or costs would be required to do so. These site visits would be conducted either by OSHA personnel or a contractor under OSHA’s direction.