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Region 10 News Release: 00-199
November 1, 2000
Contact: Mike Shimizu
PHONE: (206) 553-7620
TDD: (800) 676-8956
FEDERAL OSHA ENTERS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH BLM AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO IMPROVE SAFETY RECORD
Portland - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Fremont National Forest (FNF) jointly announced today a partnership to implement new approaches to long term safety and health improvements for workers at the federal worksites.
According to Carl Halgren, OSHA's area director here, the goal of the agreement is to provide a safer and healthier work environment for employees and to reduce associated workers compensation costs at the facilities.
This agreement was made jointly with the Lakeview District and the Fremont National Forest as both agencies are collocated and share a multitude of resources, he said.
Strategic Partnership Agreements are part of the Federal Workers 2000 initiative to reduce the lost time case rate by 10 percent per year, to reduce the lost production days rate (lost days due to injury or illness per 100 employees) by 2 percent per year and limit increases in annual workers compensation charge-back billings to no more than the annual rate of inflation.
OSHA will work with BLM/FNF management staff to identify the primary causes of employee accidents and illnesses to develop measures to correct hazards; provide assistance and training to facility safety and health professionals; and conduct an annual onsite assessment to review progress and compare results with baseline year data while BLM/FNF will implement a comprehensive safety and health program; provide necessary resources such as staffing and equipment; establish an accountability system; insure employee participation in the facility programs; and provide data and information on results to OSHA.
Union leadership and their representatives will participate fully in all phases of the agreement, Halgren added.
This strategic partnership agreement, the first in place in Oregon, was signed on Oct. 31, 2000.
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Note to editors: For further information, contact Carl Halgren at 503-326-2251.
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