In addition to targeting employers with higher injury and illness rates "after the fact," OSHA is engaging in rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA 2010 0033) to require employers to establish on-the-job injury and illness prevention programs. The programs will monitor and more effectively implement "best practices" to mitigate workplace hazards and reduce the incidence of employee injuries and illness. OSHA believes that widespread implementation of such programs will substantially improve overall workplace safety.

To support this rulemaking effort, OSHA proposes to survey private sector establishments in non agricultural industries. The goal is to develop industry-specific, statistically accurate estimates of current baseline safety and health practices among establishments that may identify the key elements of effective injury and illness prevention programs.

Additionally, OSHA is proposing to conduct up to 50 on-site visits to employers. During its onsite visits, OSHA will collect information on current employer practices and solicit information from employers on how they would comply with such a regulation and what time or expense would be required to comply. These employers could potentially be affected by a new OSHA regulatory standard that could require a management program or system to address workplace hazards.

OSHA would like to receive public comments on the following issues:

  • The necessity and usefulness of the proposed information collection requirements for the proper performance of OSHA enforcement functions.  
  • The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and cost) of the information collection requirements.  
  • The quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected.  
  • The ways to minimize the burden on employers that must comply.  

Comments on the proposed information collection request must be submitted to OSHA by October 12, 2010.