OSHA supports National Response Plan

February 8, 2005

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its support for the National Response Plan unveiled Jan. 6 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes a new Worker Safety and Health Annex. The annex provides guidelines for implementing worker safety and health support functions during national incidents, including terrorist acts, major natural disasters, or manmade emergencies.

The annex provides for the coordination of federal safety and health assets for proactive consideration of all potential hazards; ensures availability and management of all safety resources need by responders; shares responder safety-related information; and coordinates among federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, and private-sector organizations involved in responses to nationally significant events.