The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a revised Field Operations Manual for all health and safety officers nationwide and has overhauled its Voluntary Protection Program, streamlining processes and offering new options for construction contractors and other employers with mobile workforces.
The new, 329-page Field Operations Manual provides compliance safety and health officers with a single source of updated information and guidance to more effectively protect employees from occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This document assists officers in scheduling and conducting inspections, enforcing regulations, and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
The manual replaces two-thirds of the 1994 Field Inspection Reference Manual; the remaining material, on Disclosure, will be added later. The manual is a reference document for field offices to identify the responsibilities associated with the majority of their inspection duties.
The manual can be downloaded at www.osha.gov. Click on Revised Field Operations Manual.
Meanwhile, OSHA is changing its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) to allow participation by companies with mobile workforces. VPP, the agency's recognition initiative for workplace safety and health excellence, will provide new options for construction contractors and other employers who may have employees at various locations.
Other VPP changes for eligible organizations include a streamlined application process, outreach and mentoring, and on-site workplace evaluations. These changes are effective May 9. For more information, refer to the Jan. 9 Federal Register.