OSHA's Role in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
OSHA's Enforcement Role
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), hundreds of billions of federal dollars will be disseminated to employers across the country for various infrastructure and industrial growth projects. These will include major construction activity as well as the development and expansion of existing and new technologies. OSHA will implement a multi-tiered enforcement program to assure worker protection on ARRA-related projects. Through the development and implementation of emphasis programs, OSHA will direct enforcement efforts to stimulus package-related construction, infrastructure, and green energy projects, as well as to industries in manufacturing that support those projects.
- OSHA will rely heavily on new and existing Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) to protect workers on ARRA-related projects.
- State Plan States will also target ARRA-related projects
- Hilda, L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, spoke about OSHA and its role in protecting workers on stimulus-related projects during a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Labor College's Workers Memorial on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.
- Beginning in May 2009, OSHA will begin collecting injury and illness data from approximately 20,000 construction firms in order to focus its resources on the areas of greatest need. This is an expansion of OSHA's Data Initiative, which collects injury and illness data for general industry.
Enforcement Resource Links
- How to File a Complaint with OSHA
- Construction Industry Compliance Information
- Federal Agency Programs
- State Occupational Safety and Health Plans
- Enforcement Data
- Letters of Interpretation