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OSHA Releases 'Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction' Publication

Recommendations Do Not Create New Legal Obligations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction publication to help employers improve safety and health at construction worksites. Highlights of the recommendations are presented below.

New Features
The recommended practices reflect current conditions in the construction industry. Such recommendations may be used by any construction company or job site, but are expected to be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors. The recommended practices emphasize top-level ownership, participation by employees, and a "find-and-fix" approach to workplace hazards.

The recommended practices are not prescriptive; rather, they are intended to be tailored to the needs of each construction company and/or job site. To support implementation of the recommended practices, OSHA has provided supporting tools and additional resources.

Core Elements
The OSHA recommendations include seven (7) core elements for a safety and health program in construction:

  • Management leadership;
  • Worker participation;
  • Hazard identification and assessment;
  • Hazard prevention and control;
  • Education and training;
  • Program evaluation and improvement; and
  • Communication and coordination for employers on multiemployer worksites.

The recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

Note: Employers located in OSHA State Plan States may have to comply with different standards. Click here for more information.

Click here to read the new publication.

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