OSHA issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before they cause injuries, illnesses, and deaths. develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe.

The recommended practices are particularly helpful for small- and medium-sized operations that don't have safety and health specialists on staff. They're flexible enough to be adjusted to apply to short-term or multiyear projects. They include training workers on how to identify and control hazards; inspecting the jobsite with workers to identify problems with equipment and materials; and developing responses to possible emergency scenarios in advance.

Working with employees to implement a safety and health program provides benefits beyond workers compensation issues: improvements in production and quality; greater employee morale; improved employee recruiting and retention; and a more favorable image and reputation among customers, suppliers and the community.

These recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.