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Inspector General Faults OSHA Enforcement Emphasis Programs

Sept. 30, 2016, 8:38 PM

OSHA failed to determine whether its special emphasis programs actually improved long-term conditions for workers, a report released Sept. 30 by the Department of Labor’s inspector general concludes.

The inspector general’s review (No. 02-16-201-10-105) also faults the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not targeting some industries with higher-than-average injury and illness rates while covering some industries with low rates.

OSHA’s program reviews typically reported statistics related to the “one-time correction of hazards,” the report says. The agency “did not demonstrate any long-term impact on safety and health conditions or hazard prevention in the targeted industry.”

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