13.01.2009

Revised OSHA Field Operations Manual enhances compliance assistance and enforcement

A revised US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Field Operations Manual now provides OSHA Compliance Officers with a single
source of updated information and guidance to more effectively protect
employees from occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

The Field Operations Manual 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. The manual also guides Compliance
Officers on how to inform employers about cooperative programssuch as On-Site
Consultation, Strategic Partnerships, and the Voluntary Protection Programto
help them eliminate potential or existing hazards from the workplace.

"The new Field Operations Manual is a comprehensive resource of existing OSHA
policy and procedural documents," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
OSHA Thomas M. Stohler. "It gives Compliance Officers important guidance in
implementing OSHA's balanced approach to workplace safety and health:
enforcement, education and training, and cooperative programs. The Field
Operations Manual will also be a resource for employees and employers, giving
them a consolidated reference on how OSHA expects workplaces to be made safe
and healthy. This is part of OSHA's continuing commitment to make its standards
and enforcement activities transparent and understandable to all parties."

The Field Operations Manual, formerly called the Field Inspection Reference
Manual, constitutes OSHA's general enforcement policy and procedures for use by
the field offices in conducting inspections, issuing citations and proposing
penalties.


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