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Statement of Charles N. Jeffress
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
January 26, 1998
Contact: Stephen Gaskill (202) 219-6091
This statement was issued in response to the lawsuit brought against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by a group of employer associations over OSHA's ability to implement its Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP). Because of their high workplace injury and illness rates, employers targeted for CCP are already on an OSHA list of sites that will be inspected. Participation in CCP provides these employers with the opportunity to remove themselves from the targeted inspection list.
"The goal of CCP is to use OSHA's limited resources to identify dangerous work sites and work in partnership with management and labor to find and fix hazards. America's taxpayers expect nothing less for their continued support and funding of OSHA. This lawsuit is frivolous; it has no merit and aims only to hinder our ability to protect working men and women from often life-threatening hazards."
"The CCP is an enforcement program--not a regulation. We are confident that our program is lawful. Attempts by the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to throw up legal roadblocks will only ensure that the most dangerous work sites n America remain that way, putting untold numbers of workers at risk."
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