Organizations are mandated by law to establish workplace safety programs to guarantee a safe and healthy work environment. Prioritizing safety in an organization reduces the number of work-related incidents and protects assets from damage.
OSHA yesterday released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs intended to update its 1989-era program guidelines. The agency says the new guidelines address the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses and multi-employer workplaces and reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.
In a press tele-conference last week, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels once again took the opportunity to promote the much-ballyhooed and controversial Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (I2P2). “Certainly, we encourage employers to adopt and embrace I2P2,” he said. “In the VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) thousand of companies have adopted the principles of I2P2. So we know it works."