Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA Should Strengthen the Management of Its Consultation Program

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Several factors affect employers' decisions to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) consultation program. GAO surveyed industry associations, employee representatives, and participating employers and found that the two main incentives for program participation are (1) making the employer's workplace safer and reducing worker injury and illness by promoting workplace safety and health and (2) preparing the employer's workplace for an OSHA inspection. The measurement system OSHA uses lacks enough data to separate the program outcomes from the outcomes of OSHA's other efforts to ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. October 12, 2001.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Several factors affect employers' decisions to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) consultation program. GAO surveyed industry associations, employee representatives, and participating employers and found that the two main incentives for program participation are (1) making the employer's workplace safer and reducing worker injury and illness by promoting workplace safety and health and (2) preparing the employer's workplace for an OSHA inspection. The measurement system OSHA uses lacks enough data to separate the program outcomes from the outcomes of OSHA's other efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA's process for allocating funds to the state consultation programs plays no role in encouraging participating states to achieve agency goals."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA Should Strengthen the Management of Its Consultation Program, report, October 12, 2001; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc295176/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.