OSHA recently announced the launch of a voluntary survey of private sector employers on current safety and health practices. "Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices" will allow OSHA to better design future rules, compliance assistance and outreach efforts.

The survey, which may contact as many as 19,000 employers nationwide, will ask questions about employers' current practices with regard to safety and health management in their workplaces. For example, it will ask employers if they already have a safety management system, whether they perform annual inspections, who manages safety at their establishment, and what kinds of hazards they encounter at their facilities.

Respondents will receive a paper copy of the survey they can fill out and return to OSHA's contractor, Eastern Research Group (ERG). Alternatively, respondents can answer the survey's question at a website. Survey results without employer identities will be provided by ERG to the Agency. The survey will contact private sector employers across all industries under OSHA jurisdiction and is designed to solicit responses from employers of all sizes. The surveys will be mailed to employers beginning on May 10, and OSHA expects the data collection phase to be completed by August.

Rreview the Docket, including a copy of the survey and the clearance paperwork.