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Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction Handbook

These recommended practices in this handbook provide responsible employers, workers, and worker representatives with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues on diverse construction job sites. The emphasis of these practices is to provide a proactive approach to managing occupational safety and health.

Traditional approaches are often reactive—that is, actions are taken only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. Finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness is a far more effective approach. Doing so avoids the direct and indirect costs of worker injuries and illnesses and promotes a positive work environment.

The Benefits of Implementing These Recommended Safety and Health Practices

Responsible employers know that the main goal of a safety and health program is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and their employers.

Employers may find that implementing these recommended practices brings other benefits as well. The renewed or enhanced commitment to safety and health and the cooperative atmosphere between employers and workers have been linked to the following:

  • Improvements in production and quality
  • Better employee morale
  • Improved employee recruiting and retention
  • A more favorable image and reputation (among customers, suppliers, and the community)

How To Use The Recommended Practices

Each section of the recommended practices describes a core program element, followed by several action items. Each action item is an example of steps that general contractors, subcontractors, managers, supervisors, and workers can take to establish, implement, maintain, and improve safety and health programs.

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