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Statement of Charles N. Jeffress
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
April 21, 1998
Contact: Bonnie Friedman (202) 219-8151
"Today's filing by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers nothing new in the way of arguments opposing OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP). Contrary to the Chamber's claim, nothing new in the Constitution prohibits OSHA from implementing this innovative enforcement program. The Fourth Amendment does not outlaw common sense and it does not outlaw the CCP."

"Employers included in this program reported the highest rates of serious injuries and illness in a nationwide survey. CCP enables OSHA to work with these employers and help them reduce hazards in their workplaces."

"What's more, CCP is not a regulation. It is an enforcement program that allows OSHA to target its resources where they are needed most. Targeting hazardous work sites and offering to work with employers is a smart and efficient way for OSHA to leverage its limited resources. Hundreds of work sites in pilot programs have bottom-line experience that proves this concept works to reduce hazards, protect workers and lower workers compensation costs."


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