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GRASSROOTS Workplace Protection
2003 OSHSPA Report
State Plan Activities
Occupational Safety & Health
State Plan Association
Once again it gives me great pleasure to write the introductory letter to the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association's annual edition of Grassroots Worker Protection. The 2003 report documents the significant contributions made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's State plan partners to the protection of America's working men and women.
The 26 State plans, which provide occupational safety and health coverage to 40 percent of the nation's workforce, have worked closely with OSHA in pursuing the mutual goals of our strategic management plans of reducing occupational hazards through direct interventions and promoting a safety and health culture through compliance assistance, cooperative programs and strong leadership. Working together since 1971, OSHA and the State programs have helped to decrease injuries and illnesses in the workplace by 40 percent and to cut workplace fatalities by more than 60 percent. In the years to come we fully expect our ongoing Federal-State partnership to achieve even greater results.
One unique aspect of the State safety and health programs is their coverage of public sector employees. Four of the 26 State programs cover only public sector employment; the remaining 22 cover both private and public sector employees. This puts State programs in the forefront of protecting state and local government emergency responders in times of crisis. We are proud of the significant cooperation we have had with our State partners in developing a better understanding of OSHA's role in the nation's emergency preparedness efforts and strategies to deal with potential emergencies as they may arise.
We have tremendous opportunities and a tremendous responsibility. There can be no work more rewarding, no job more fulfilling than helping to protect the lives and well-being of the working men and women who keep our nation strong. I continue to be impressed with the talent and skills we have within the OSHA family. Together, we can and will accomplish our goals on behalf of all workers in America.
John L. Henshaw
Table of Contents: 2003 OSHSPA Report
OSHSPA: States Protecting Workers
Workplace Security: Safeguarding the Workplace
Strategic Plans: Focusing on Performance
Customer Service: Increasing Program Satisfaction
Enforcement: Targeting High-Risk Worksites State Initiatives: Changing the Work Environment State Incentives: Promoting Voluntary Compliance
Voluntary ProgramsState Responsibility: Providing Worker Protections ADDENDUM