OSHA's five-year plan

April 1998

OSHA has developed a new five-year plan with safety and health goals for five industries, Patricia Clark, administrator of OSHA's Region 2, told The Business Council's Occupational Safety and Health Committee at its April 23 meeting.

Clark cited three goals: reducing injuries, illness, and fatalities; increasing awareness of safety in the workplace; and making OSHA operations more efficient and productive.

Specifically, OSHA will target three hazards - amputations, silica exposure, and lead exposure - in five industries: construction, nursing homes, food processing, shipyards, and logging.

Clark also described an interim targeting system for determining sites to be inspected. Under this system, OSHA identified 96 SIC industry classifications with the highest incident rates. Sites in these categories have increased likelihood of inspection, she said.

Some 3,500 sites were identified nationally, of which about 170 are in New York, she added.

The interim system was developed earlier this year after OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP) was challenged in court by the National Association of Manufacturers. The Business Council, at OSHA's request, had participated in development of CCP.

While that suit unfolds, Clark said, OSHA will continue normal safety and health inspections and will consider "good faith and consultation as always."

April 30, 1998