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OSHA Strategic Plan

Section 1. Introduction


In 1970, Congress established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As defined in its enabling legislation, P.L. 91-596, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's mission is to "Assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions." This mandate involves the application of a set of tools by OSHA (e.g., standards development, enforcement, compliance assistance) which enable employers to maintain safe and healthful workplaces.


OSHA's vision is to make America's workplaces the safest in the world. OSHA is striving to eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths so that all of America's workers can return home safely every day. To realize this vision, workplace environments must be characterized by a genuine commitment to workplace safety and health shared by both employers and workers, and the necessary training, resources, and support systems must be in place to make this happen.

To achieve this vision, OSHA will be a results-oriented Agency, using data proactively to identify workplace safety and health problems and apply a comprehensive strategy that combines common sense regulation; a firm, fair, and consistent enforcement policy; and wide-ranging approaches to compliance assistance that meet the needs of workers and employers and effectively use the nation's resources.

Successful achievement of the strategic goals outlined in this Strategic Plan - a commitment to reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace, changing workplace culture to increase the awareness of and commitment to safety and health, and delivering OSHA programs and services in an effective manner - should result in realization of this vision.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA is headed by an Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. The Agency is organized functionally, with major programs grouped into Directorates headed by members of the Senior Executive Service. Programs are carried out by Regional Offices and subordinate Area and District Offices (or, in the case of the San Francisco Region, Service Centers). Major organizational elements are:
Office of the Assistant Secretary - Advises and assists the Secretary of Labor on all matters related to the policies and programs that are to assure safe and healthful working conditions for the working men and women of the Nation, and provides executive direction to the occupational safety and health program.

Directorate of Health Standards Programs - Develops and promulgates workplace standards and regulations to ensure healthful working conditions for the Nation's workforce.

Directorate of Safety Standards Programs - Provides workplace standards and regulations to ensure safe working conditions for the Nation's workers.

Directorate of Compliance Programs - Provides a balanced program of compliance for OSHA; establishes and maintains a comprehensive occupational safety and health compliance guidance and assistance program; and establishes and maintains discrimination complaint investigation programs.

Directorate of Federal/State Operations - Provides for the development, evaluation, and performance analysis of State occupational safety and health programs; educates and trains employers and employees in the recognition, avoidance and prevention of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions; provides for a program of consultation and advice to employers and employees and their representative organizations as to effective means of preventing occupational injuries and illnesses; and develops, implements and evaluates voluntary programs in cooperation with industry, labor and their representatives.

Directorate of Technical Support - Serves as the principal source of Agency expertise with respect to scientific, engineering, and medical issues involved in the overall occupational safety and health field; and provides technical assistance and support to all other National Office and Regional Office organizations of the Agency.

Directorate of Construction - Serves as OSHA's principal source for standards, regulations, policy, programs, and assistance to OSHA Offices, other Federal agencies, the construction industry, and the general public with respect to construction safety and health.

Directorate of Policy - Reconciles the views of Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Secretary of Labor, and the public as to the role of OSHA into a consistent and coherent Agency policy, taking into consideration the economic, technical, and political consequences of Agency actions, including the effects of Agency policies and actions with regard to small businesses.

Directorate of Information Technology - Provides a comprehensive, integrated management information, data collection and analysis, and networked communications program for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Directorate of Administrative Programs - Provides administrative management support to the OSHA in the areas of management data and statistics coordination, personnel management, program budgeting and planning, financial control, administrative management systems, and National Office administrative services.

Regional Administrators - Plan, direct, and administer comprehensive occupational safety and health programs throughout OSHA's regions.

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