GAO Report Calls for Better OSHA Oversight of Federal Safety & Health Programs

June 2006
Professional Safety;Jun2006, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p45
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a report related to federal safety programs released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO had analyzed the characteristics of federal agencies' safety programs and the implementation challenges they face. It also assessed how well the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees and assists federal agencies' efforts to develop and administer their safety programs. The report is titled "Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA Could Improve Federal Agencies' Safety Programs With a More Strategic Approach to Its Oversight." In the report, GAO has concluded that OSHA's oversight of federal agencies' safety programs is not as effective as it could be because the agency does not use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources in a strategic manner. GAO has also reported that although the OSHA is responsible for tracking violations and reporting any unresolved disputes to the president, it does not do so.


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