22/04/2009

Revised Field Operations Manual to enhance enforcement and compliance assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has revised its Field Operations Manual to provide OSHA compliance
officers with a single comprehensive resource of updated guidance in
implementing the agency's mission to more effectively protect employees from
occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

"The manual will be a resource for workers and employers, giving them a
consolidated reference on how OSHA expects workplaces to be safe and
healthful," said OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Donald G. Shalhoub.
"This document is part of OSHA's continuing commitment to make its standards
and enforcement activities transparent and understandable to all parties."

The Field Operations Manual constitutes OSHA's general enforcement policy and
procedures for use by the agency's field offices in conducting inspections,
issuing citations and proposing penalties. It is the guiding document for
OSHA's compliance officers, whose mission is to assure the safety and health of
America's working men and women.

The manual assists compliance officers in scheduling and conducting
inspections, enforcing regulations, and encouraging continual improvement in
workplace safety and health. It also offers guidance on how to inform employers
about OSHA's free On-Site Consultation Service and compliance assistance.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration