OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program: A Proactive Approach
The U.S. Department of Labor, including OSHA has adopted a new strategy called “Plan/Prevent/Protect”.
OSHA will require employers to provide their employees with opportunities to participate in the development and implementation of an injury and illness prevention program. This includes a systematic process to address, proactively and continuously, workplace safety and health hazards. Examples of these include:
- Internal audits
- Safety committees
- Safety meetings
- Involvement in job safety analysis
This rule also would involve planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving processes and activities that promote worker safety and health, and address the needs of special categories of workers, such as youth, aging and immigrant workers.
OSHA’s efforts to protect workers under the age of 18 will be undertaken in cooperation with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division, which has responsibility for enforcing the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
OSHA has substantial evidence showing that employers that have implemented similar injury and illness prevention programs have significantly reduced injuries and illnesses in their workplaces.
This rule would build on OSHA’s existing Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines and lessons learned from successful approaches and best practices.