New OSHA Directive: Communicating OSHA Fatality Inspection Procedures to a Victim’s Family

by Admin on April 18, 2012

A new directive by OSHA has been released as of recent. Following a workplace fatality, this new directive assists OSHA representatives in communicating investigation procedures with the family members of the victim. OSHA representatives will contact and explain the investigation process and timeline, providing the family with updates throughout the investigation. This ensures that early in the inspection process, an established point of contact can be made which results in maintaining a focused, working relationship with the family members. Once the investigation comes to a close, OSHA will explain findings to them and address any questions. If an employer has been issued citations, OSHA will provide a copy of the citation(s) as well.

More information about the new directive can be found here.

“OSHA is committed to working with families to explain the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones. This directive ensures that OSHA receives the necessary information from the family to assist in the investigation, and keeps the family informed throughout the investigation and settlement processes.”

– Dr. David Michaels.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

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