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OSHA Trade Release
Mon., May 12, 2003
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999
15% Drop in Fatalities, 20% Drop in Injuries and Illnesses by 2008
Agency Builds on Previous Successes, Sets New Goals
WASHINGTON -- John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), today unveiled OSHA's new strategic management plan in a speech at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo on Monday, May 12, 2003 in Dallas, Tex.
"We can make a difference in the lives of working men and women in this country today," said Henshaw. "Every day, we strive to make the workplace safer for workers in this country. Our new plan will give us a clear roadmap to reach our goals."
Under the new plan, OSHA's three overarching goals are to:
- Reduce occupational hazards through direct intervention
- Promote a safety and health culture through compliance assistance, cooperative programs and strong leadership
- Maximize OSHA's effectiveness and efficiency by strengthening its capabilities and infrastructure.
OSHA's strategic management plan also covers issues not traditionally addressed by the agency but that nevertheless account for many work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths, such as workplace violence and work-related motor vehicle accidents. OSHA intends to use a variety of cooperative programs and outreach efforts to assist employers and employees in addressing these problems. In addition, the agency will focus on emergency preparedness, helping workplaces get ready to respond to workplace emergencies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
The new plan will support the Department of Labor's Strategic Plan that will be issued later this year.
Under OSHA's 1997-2002 strategic plan, injuries and illnesses declined in the 100,000 workplaces where there were direct OSHA interventions (such as the consultation program to help small business address its needs); amputations declined by 24% and lead exposures by 69% -- the original goal was a 15% reduction in each; fatalities in construction declined 9.5%--just short of the original goal of 11%; and injuries and illnesses were cut by 47% at worksites engaged in cooperative relationships with OSHA.
OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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