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Statement of Charles N. Jeffress
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
March 13, 1998
Contact: Michael Fluharty (202) 219-8151


Today, the Department of Labor filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, addressing OSHA's interim inspection plan and responding to challenges to the plan made by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The interim plan is OSHA's temporary substitute for the inspection plan that was part of the Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP) directive. The CCP has been stayed by the Court while the case moves forward.

"Today's filing explains that our interim plan is designed to protect workers and fulfill OSHA's Congressional mandate to inspect workplaces for safety and health violations. Our message is very simple: the Court does not have jurisdiction to review the legality of the interim plan, but in any case, the plan is consistent with the Court's order and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution."

"Further, the interim plan is not prohibited by the Court's stay order, since the interim plan is different from the CCP inspection plan, targeting a different universe of industries and omitting the major component of the CCP -- our offer of partnership. Also, the interim plan meets the Fourth Amendment criteria of reasonableness and neutrality, since it is reasonable for OSHA to give priority to inspecting high hazard work sites using purely objective criteria to target those inspections."

"We still maintain that the best way to protect workers is to target high hazard work sites and offer those employers the opportunity to partner with OSHA to eliminate dangerous conditions. We remain committed to the concept of the Cooperative Compliance Program, and point to the more than 10,000 businesses that signed up to work with us as evidence that this is a better way to ensure safe working conditions for all Americans."


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