OSHA to survey employers

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Washington – Select private-sector employers will be asked to complete a survey to help OSHA design future rules, compliance assistance and outreach efforts, the agency announced May 23.

Up to 19,000 employers of various sizes and industries will receive the voluntary Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices. Questions will inquire about whether respondents have a safety management system, whether they perform annual inspections, who manages safety and what kinds of hazards are present at their facilities, according to an OSHA press release.

Data is expected to be collected by August. OSHA hired Lexington, MA-based Eastern Research Group to provide the results – which will be kept anonymous and cannot be used for enforcement, the agency said.

OSHA published a notice of its intent to conduct the survey in August 2010 and received clearance this March.

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