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2005 OSHSPA Report
State-plan activities of the
Occupational Safety and Health
State Plan Association
Thirty-five years ago, OSHA was established in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Since then, workplace fatalities have been reduced by 60 percent and injury/illness rates are down 40 percent. Yet last year, more than 5,000 people died on the job, and workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities cost the country more than $170 billion per year. OSHA and its State partners have accomplished much, but clearly have much to do.
Together, OSHA and the States are finding new ways to communicate to employers that investing in safety and health not only saves lives, but has positive economic value. Companies that implement comprehensive safety and health programs reduce their injury and illness rates an average of 20 percent. Fewer injuries and illnesses mean lower workers' compensation costs, less lost work time and greater productivity. Companies are more profitable, and more lives are saved.
The State plans have worked closely with OSHA over the years. I am impressed with the talent, ideas and professionalism of our State plan partners, and their innovative approaches. Together, we have a new opportunity to commit ourselves to conduct inspections and consultations with a high and consistent quality. The result is a uniform message to employers and employees: employers and responsible for the safety and health of their employees, and OSHA - Federal or State plan - is there to enforce and to assist with compliance.
Together, we can and will continue to get the message out that it pays to invest in safety and health - and more loved ones will come home from work safe and whole at the end of the day
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Table of Contents: 2005 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
Safety and health programs
State responsibility: Enhanced enforcement
Violation approach in cases involving death or serious injury
State initiatives: changing the work environment
An open forum about initiatives, including:
ergonomics, workplace violence, settlement agreements,
discrimination, multilingual communications, legislative issues, etc.
State innovations: technical advances
State incentives: promoting voluntary compliance
Voluntary protection programs
Partnerships and alliances
Training and education initiatives
OSHSPA Board of Directors 2004 through 2005
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Occupational Safety and Health Division
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