News Release USDL 98-87
Friday, February 27, 1998
Contact: Stephen Gaskill (202) 219-6091
STATEMENT OF CHARLES N. JEFFRESS
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF LABOR
FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) today responded to the current order that put the agency's targeted
enforcement program, the Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP), on hold.
That motion was filed in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
"Today we filed a motion asking the Court to expedite the review schedule
of OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP). I am convinced that the
CCP is the best way to help make the most hazardous workplaces in the country
safer for the hundreds of thousands of workers who depend on jobs at these
sites. It is important to note that the Court's ruling on February 17, 1998,
was not based on the merits of the case, but was instead a temporary ruling
until the issues could be fully considered.
"We have also notified the Court of an alternative targeting system that
we are prepared to implement until the Court rules on the CCP. OSHA must
be able to carry out its duties to protect workers, and this alternative
targeting system will complement the inspections we conduct in response
to complaints and referrals."