OSHA Seeks Input for Proposed 'I2P2' Rule

OSHA said it will hold three daylong meetings next month in three different cities and use comments from those meetings to help develop a proposed rule for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, known as I2P2.

The rule will require employers to develop and implement a program that minimizes worker exposure to safety and health hazards. Instead of waiting for an OSHA inspection or a workplace incident to address workplace hazards, employers would be required to create a plan for identifying and correcting hazards, and then implement the plan. Workers would also participate in the development and implementation of such plans.

"We are asking employers to 'find and fix' the hazards in their workplaces," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "This common sense rule will help make the secretary of labor's vision of 'Good Jobs for Everyone' a reality."

The meetings will be held June 3 in East Brunswick, N.J.; June 10 in Dallas, Texas; and June 29 in Washington, D.C. All meetings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

Those interested in participating in the meetings should submit a notice of intent to participate at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-I2P2.htm. Submissions also can be mailed to Eastern Research Group Inc., 110 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, Mass. 02421; Attention: OSHA I2P2 Stakeholder Meeting Registration. Or fax submissions to 781-674-2906 labeled "Attention: OSHA I2P2 Stakeholder Meeting Registration."

Submission deadlines for confirmed registration are May 20 for the June 3 meeting, May 27 for the June 10 meeting, and June 15 for the June 29 meeting. After these deadlines, registration will remain open until the meetings are full.

More information on I2P2 is available in Tuesday's Federal Register notice at http://s.dol.gov/35.

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