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September 06, 2012
NIOSH guide offers quick access to OSH resources

A new guide released by NIOSH aims to help small business owners navigate the maze of occupational safety and health information. Small businesses often lack staff dedicated to addressing worker protection. The Small Business Safety and Health Resource Guide provides information on regulations, training materials, and recommendations.

The 70 percent of United States workplaces that have fewer than 20 employees suffer higher fatality rates than larger organizations. Job safety duties are often delegated to the human resources director or other staff members. According to NIOSH, “This may create a barrier for small businesses trying to shift through technical safety and health documents to understand what information is critical for them to know.”

The new guide contains summaries of, and links to more than 50 websites. Each was reviewed for relevance, ease of use, cost, and credibility. NIOSH will update the publication based on user feedback.

The Small Business Safety and Health Resource Guide is available for download on the CDC's NIOSH website.

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