OSHA to survey employers about workplace safety and health
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it would conduct a survey of private employers to help the agency better create new rules and regulations in the future.
The Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices will be sent out to as many as 19,000 employers and will ask them about how they manage workplace health and safety issues.
The survey is being sent to employers of varying sizes in any of the industries that are regulated by OSHA. Some of the questions on the survey will focus on whether a safety management system is in place, who is in charge of safety in the company, whether inspections are performed on a yearly basis and what kind of hazards exist in their business.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and its results will be compiled by Eastern Research Group. The data collection phase is expected to be completed by August 2011.
OSHA said that the results of the survey may help it create better regulations and will also help with its compliance assistance efforts.