WASHINGTON -- Employers of woodworking and other industries are being asked to share their workplace safety and health management practices via a national survey by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA is sending out approximately 19,000 Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices. The safety agency said the survey is "a tool toward better designing future rules, compliance assistance and outreach efforts."

The survey is being mailed to private sector employers of all sizes and across all industries under OSHA's jurisdiction. Questions include whether respondents 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. Participation in the survey is voluntary.

Recipients of the survey will have the option of filling it out the hard copy version or doing so online. OSHA assures respondents that the survey will be anonymous and cannot be used for enforcement. Data collection is expected to completed by August.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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