OSHA Issues New Recommended Practices for Construction
OSHA recently issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (download) in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. According to the agency, the recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff.
Safety and health programs encourage finding and fixing workplace hazards before they cause injuries, illnesses and deaths. Implementing these programs also helps reduce the financial difficulties these events can cause for workers, their families and their employers. The recommendations are a construction-specific counterpart to general recommended practices for safety and health programs OSHA issued in October, which revised guidelines from 1989.