United States: OSHA Recommends A Safety And Health Management System — Does Your Business Need One?

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United States: OSHA Recommends A Safety And Health Management System — Does Your Business Need One?
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United States: OSHA Recommends A Safety And Health Management System — Does Your Business Need One?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Safety and health management systems (SHMSs) may demonstrate a commitment to improving safety and health outcomes, and reduce legal liabilities. The federal OSHA standards mandate a series of written safety and health programs, depending on the hazards at the worksite, such as a lockout-tagout program (machine re-energization hazards), hazard communication program (chemical hazards), and respiratory protection program (for airborne health hazards). While OSHA often requests a Company’s “safety program” during its onsite inspections, this is a misnomer as there is no federal requirement for an overarching “safety program” to govern all hazards and safety and health programs. No federal OSHA regulation currently requires an SHMS. There has been talk for many years of federal OSHA developing a federal SHMS or “Injury and Illness Prevention Plan” standard, but no regulations have materialized. Elements of an SHMS OSHA guidance recommends that each employer develop a Safety and Health Management […]

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