The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will launch a survey of private sector employers on current safety and health practices and will use the survey results to design future rules and with outreach efforts.  OSHA will contact private sector employers across all industries under OSHA jurisdiction and is designed to solicit responses from employers of all sizes.  Participation in the survey is voluntary and published survey results will not reveal employers identities.

The Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices, 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.  The survey will inquire if  employers already have a safety management system, whether they perform annual inspections, who manages safety at their establishments, and what kinds of hazards they encounter at their facilities, among other questions.  OSHA expects the data collection to be completed by August.