Meeting for Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee Set

machinery-338751_1920The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding the inaugural meeting of the Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015. The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health created this subcommittee to help respond to OSHA’s request revolving around advice and recommendations for a proposed rule on emergency response and preparedness.

The members of this subcommittee will spend the next 12 to 18 months developing recommendations and regulatory text for a proposed rule. These recommendations will then be submitted to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, which will then submit the recommendations and proposals directly to the secretary of labor.

The outcome of the deliberations of this subcommittee can have major impacts on your occupational safety and health policies and procedures. They will be discussing elements such as employee participation, facility, and equipment preparedness, vehicle preparedness, and operation, pre-incident planning, emergency incident standard operating procedures, post-incident analysis, and program evaluation. So it is imperative to stay informed on how these meetings are progressing, and what new rules come as a result of these meetings. So if your current occupational safety and health policies and procedures are not up to date, it is time to get them updated, to help ensure a simple transition when these new changes come.

If you have any questions about how this new rule might impact your business like it did for Sterling Heights Service, or about occupational safety and health in general, please contact us. If you have anything to add about this newly created subcommittee, please leave a comment.

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