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OSHA Could Improve Federal Agencies’ Safety Programs with a More Strategic Approach to Its Oversight
April 21, 2006
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Federal workers’ compensation costs exceeded $1.5 billion in 2004, with approximately 148,000 new claims filed that year. Because of concerns for the safety of federal workers, as well as the costs associated with unsafe workplaces, GAO described the characteristics of federal agencies’ safety programs and the implementation challenges they face, and assessed how well the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees and assists federal agencies’ efforts to develop and administer their safety programs.

The Secretary of Labor should direct OSHA to conduct targeted inspections of federal facilities; track disputed violations through OSHA to their resolution and ensure that unresolved disputes are reported to the President; conduct evaluations of the largest and most hazardous agencies as required; and include in OSHA’s annual report to the President an assessment of each agency’s safety program and recommendations for improvements.

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