U.S. Department of Labor
Assistant Secretary for
Occupational Safety and Health
Washington, D.C. 20210
October 25, 2017
- MEMORANDUM FOR:
- DESIGNATED AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICIALS
- LOREN SWEATT
- Deputy Assistant Secretary
- Request for Calendar Year 2017 Annual Safety and Health Report to the Secretary of Labor
As set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the Act), and 29 CFR Part 1960, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting your annual report on the status of your agency's occupational safety and health (OSH) program. Section 19(a)(5) of the Act requires each Executive Branch agency to submit an annual report to the Secretary of Labor. The annual report must address occupational accidents, injuries, and illnesses, as well as include details on the agency's program for providing safe and healthful places and conditions of employment. Your report should also assess the effectiveness of your agency's OSH program.
As 29 CFR 1960.71(a)(1) requires, please submit your report for the entirety of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 to OSHA by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Under a similar obligation, 29 CFR 1960.71(b), OSHA will summarize the information you provide in the Department of Labor's annual Secretary of Labor's Report to the President on Federal Department and Agency Occupational Safety and Health Program Activity (Annual Report).
For your convenience, we have attached this year's report format; you may also download the document at http://www.osha.gov/dep/fap/index.html, from the In Focus box under the 2017 Request for Information bullet. OSHA created this template for all departments and independent agencies, regardless of size. This year's template supersedes any and all other previous report formats.
The CY 2017 Annual Occupational Safety & Health Report to the Secretary of Labor template provides a new streamlined format. The new format combines the familiar OSH program self-evaluation with questions about how the agency fulfills specific requirements of 29 CFR Part 1960 and Executive Orders 12196, 13043, and 13513. OSHA developed this new format to assist you with fulfilling the requirements described in the Act and 29 CFR Part 1960, while also allowing for a quicker submission process.
Departments with subagencies must submit a main report that assesses the Department's overall OSH program. Please note that it is not sufficient in your main report to refer solely to subagency reports. Rather, your main report must analyze how the Departmental OSH program functions as a whole. Please have each of your subagencies complete the template and submit those reports as appendices to the Department's report. OSHA will not accept a Department's report that provides only the subagency reports or a report that assesses the Departmental program solely by referencing the subagency reports.
Please send an electronic copy of your agency's report in Microsoft Word format to email@example.com; and submit an official signed copy of your agency's final report by close of business on May 1, 2018 to:
Francis Yebesi, Director
Office of Federal Agency Programs
Directorate of Enforcement Programs
U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA
200 Constitution A venue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
If circumstances will prevent you from submitting your report by the due date, please contact Mr. Yebesi at (202) 693-2233 to request an extension. If we do not receive your report, and you do not request a reasonable extension by the due date, OSHA will report your agency's status as 'report not received' in the Annual Report to the President on the Status of Federal Agencies' Occupational Safety and Health Programs.
We look forward to providing continued leadership, guidance, and support to help federal agencies fulfill their OSH responsibilities. If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like to request assistance prior to submitting your report, please feel free to contact the Office of Federal Agency Programs at (202) 693-2122. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to receiving your annual report.
cc: Safety and Health Managers