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|Strategic Plans: Focusing on Performance|
In 1998 federal OSHA required all state plans to include an annual performance plan in their grant application and to meet requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). States were required to submit a five-year strategic plan for 1999-2003. State programs were required to adopt OSHA’s first strategic goal: to "improve workplace safety and health for all workers, as evidenced by fewer hazards, reduced exposures, and fewer injuries, illnesses and fatalities." Strategic and performance planning focuses on safety and health outcomes rather than activities.
Michigan North Carolina Oregon Washington Wyoming
In their outcome goals OSHA and all states included decreased injury and illness rates and fatalities for selected industries or worksites. Previous to the 1998 federal requirement, a number of states–including Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming–had originated unique performance agreements with OSHA. The U.S. Vice President’s Hammer Award recognizes outstanding efforts to make government more efficient and less expensive. In November 1998, Oregon became the first state in the nation to receive the Hammer Award for their performance agreement with federal OSHA.
Washington’s agreement streamlined targeting based on safety and health priorities in partnership with business and labor, and enhanced coordination between WISHA enforcement, consultation and risk management. Michigan developed a plan with substantial stakeholder input. Teams developed strategies for each of the 23 performance goals, which relate directly to OSHA’s strategic goals and begin with baselines for future performance comparison. The plan is on their website. (See directory.)
State plans maintain a strong enforcement presence for employers not meeting their safety and health responsibilities by focusing on worksites and industries with the highest injury and illness rates. One important aspect of a state’s strategic and performance planning is coordination of enforcement, consultation, education and training in targeting hazards, industries and occupations identified in the strategic plans. Cooperative programs and partnerships supplement traditional enforcement methods.
Another significant component is emphasis on increased employer and worker awareness of the value and importance of safety and health programs through expanded delivery of targeted outreach. State goals identified in their strategic plan establish the parameters by which federal OSHA evaluates the state program.
FY 2001 Compliance Inspections By Type
Text Version of Chart:
Title: FY 2001 Compliance Inspections by Type
Type: Horizontal Bar Graph
Graph Elements: 8 - One bar for each inspection type showing the number of inspections
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