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General Industry Digest
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This publication General Industry Digest provides a general overview of standards-related topics. This publication does not alter or determine compliance responsibilities that are set forth in OSHA standards, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Moreover, because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements, the reader should consult current administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the courts.

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Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

An injury and illness prevention program is a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. We know these programs can be effective at reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Many workplaces have already adopted such approaches, for example as part of OSHA’s cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Programs. Not only do these employers experience dramatic decreases in workplace injuries, but they often report a transformed workplace culture that can lead to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction. ( Also Read :
Based on the positive experience of employers with existing programs, OSHA believes that injury and illness prevention programs provide the foundation for breakthrough changes in the way employers identify and control hazards, leading to a significantly improved workplace health and safety environment. Adoption of an injury and illness prevention program will result in workers suffering fewer injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. In addition, employers will improve their compliance with existing regulations and will experience many of the financial benefits of a safer and healthier workplace cited in published studies and reports by individual companies, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums.
Thirty-four states and many nations around the world already require or encourage employers to implement such programs. The key elements common to all of these programs are management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.

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The content of the General Industry Digest

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
  • Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
  • General Industry Standards
  • General Duty Clause (Pub. Law 91-596 Section 5(a)(1))
  • Fatality, Injury, and Illness Information
  • Walking-Working Surfaces
  • Means of Egress
  • Occupational Health and Environmental Controls
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hazardous Agents
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Medical Services
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • Materials Handling and Storage
  • Hazardous Equipment and Machinery
  • Grain Handling Facilities
  • General Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Workplace Complaints: Worker Rights
  • OSHA Assistance, Services, and Programs
  • OSHA Advisory Committees
  • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program
  • OSHA Regional Offices
  • How to Contact OSHA

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