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Statement of Charles N. Jeffress
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
February 17, 1998
Contact: Stephen Gaskill (202) 219-6091
"The Court did not rule on the merits and we are confident that when the Court does look at this award-winning* program, it will agree that this proven way of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses is in the interest of both American workers and business." "The Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP) targets work sites with at least twice the national average of illnesses and injuries. It's a new way of doing business, based on successful experience in nine states. The key to its success is a partnership among business, labor and OSHA that offers the companies with some of the highest injury and illness rates a chance to partner with OSHA to find and fix those hazards cooperatively, instead of confrontationally. It's the way government should be reinvented. That's why, as of today, more than 80 percent of invited parties have chosen to join the program."

* The Ford Foundation awarded the Maine 200 program, the first CCP pilot, its Innovations in American Government Award in 1995.


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