OSHA Launches Emergency Preparedness Web Page

OSHA is offering two new pages on its Web site: one page is devoted to the occupational safety and health aspects of emergency preparedness, while the second offers information on how OSHA helps small businesses.

"OSHA wants to provide the best and most accessible information possible to help employers, employees and businesses stay safe, healthy and successful," said John L. Henshaw, assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. "It is critical to the health and safety of America's workers that information on emergency preparedness and safety for responders be readily available to those who need it."

The new emergency preparedness page focuses on the occupational safety and health aspects of emergency preparedness and response, providing links for responders and general worksites looking for technical assistance. The site is arranged to provide information based on type of employer (responders and general worksites) as well as on specialty topics like chemical, biological, personal protective equipment or bioterrorism. There are also links to other government websites that offer information and technical assistance.

The redesigned small business page is home to information on the consultation program and a new section on the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The site has several other new sections, including a section on the benefits OSHA provides to the small business employer and Small Business Success Stories. The page has links to OSHA's Safety and Health Data Tools, Technical Links to Safety and Health Topics, and the wide of array of compliance assistance pages. There is also a Helpful Websites section with links to other governmental compliance assistance sites.

The emergency preparedness Web address is www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html.

The redesigned small business page can be found at www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html.

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