Goals of the "Federal Worker 2000" Presidential Initiative:
|Goal 1:||Reduce the Total Case Rate (TCR) for most Federal agencies by 3% per year, while at the same time increasing the timeliness of reporting new injuries and illnesses to OWCP for each agency by 5 percentage points per year|
|Goal 2:||Reduce the lost time case rate (LTCR) for those worksites with the highest Federal lost time case rate by 10% per year.|
|Goal 3:||Reduce the lost production day rate (LPDR) (lost days due to injury or illness per 100 employees) by 2% per year.|
The first goal is composed of two separate elements. To be successful, an agency must meet both measures. The OSHA portion of the goal calls for a reduction from the base year (FY 1997) total case rate of 3% per year or 15% in the five years the initiative will be in effect. This applies to agencies whose TCR for FY 1997 was 2.0 cases per 100 employees or higher. OSHA will annually track 24 Federal departments and agencies to measure the degree of success in achieving the 3% reduction. These 24 departments and agencies account for approximately 95% of all cases submitted to OWCP. (For OSHA purposes, the US Postal Service is not included in the "Federal government.")
For agencies whose total case rate in FY 1997 was below 2.0, this goal element will be considered to have been met, provided they maintain their TCR at the base year level should further reductions prove unattainable. OSHA will track the performance of 16 departments and agencies in this category. If we add these federal departments to the 24 above, we account for approximately 98% of the injury and illness cases.
Resource Link: TCR Goals Table [PDF 5.6K]
The OWCP portion of this first goal, calls on Federal departments and agencies to improve the timeliness of their submission of CA 1s and CA-2s. Regulations require agencies to submit these claim forms to OWCP within 14 days of receipt from the claimant. While some agencies are very good at submitting cases in a timely manner, many are not, and overall there is room for improvement. This initiative calls on agencies to improve the timeliness of these submissions by 5 percentage points in each year of the initiative.
The second goal is concerned with that portion of injury/illness case experience considered to be the more serious, those involving time away from work. A lost time case is one in which an employee loses time from work beyond the date or shift of injury. For the base year, FY 1996, the Federal LTCR was 2.67 lost time injuries per 100 employees. OSHA selected specific worksites having base year LTCR of at least twice the Federal rate ( 5.34 ) for inclusion under this goal.
Resource Link: Site Goals Table [PDF 2.9K]
For a detailed list of specific sites, click on the following:
(Sites with High Lost Time Case Rates - [PDF 31K])
This particular goal will challenge the agencies with the highest LTCR sites to improve their safety and health programs and lower their rates. A specific site is expected to reduce its LTCR by 10% per year for a total of 50% during the five years of the initiative. OSHA has calculated a composite LTCR for each department and agency involved, which is based on the FY 1996 lost time injury and employment information from its specific sites. Using these composite LTCRs, OSHA will track the progress made by departments and agencies involved.
The third goal was developed by OWCP. It calls for agencies to reduce their lost production days rate. This rate is an expression of the number of days lost due to injuries and illnesses per 100 employees in the agency and takes into account both time out as Continuation of Pay and as compensation. Agencies are expected to reduce their base year rate by 2% per year. This goal can be achieved by preventing injuries/illnesses, lessening the severity of the injuries, or by increasing return to work and light duty accommodation efforts for those injured.