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OSHA Releases Findings on State Plans

OSHA LogoAfter finding critical issues with the Nevada state run OSHA program, OSHA has compiled a report on the 27 other state-run plans.  The Enhanced Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (EFAME) reports provide details of problems noted.  Most of the problems are minor issues relating to record keeping and timeliness of regulation updates.

Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels said, “Our goal is to identify problems in state-run programs before they result in serious injuries or fatalities. While we found many positives in the state programs, we also found deficiencies including concerns about identification of hazards, proper classification of violations, proposed penalty levels, and failure to follow up on violations to ensure that workplace safety and health problems are corrected. We recognize that some of the problems we identified could stem from significant budget constraints in many of the states and may also be the result of less intensive federal oversight in recent years. OSHA, through its regional offices, intends to provide assistance in the implementation of corrective actions and will work closely with state officials to review progress. We are confident that by working together to address identified problems, we can improve state operations and provide more consistent protection to all of America’s workers.”

To view the entire report visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/efame/index.html. OSHA said states would have 30 days to provide a formal response that will be posted online as soon as received. The response should include “a detailed corrective action plan for addressing findings and recommendations,” according to OSHA.

OSHA points out that many states are exceeding their requirements, such as programs in California, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, and Maryland.

A report was issued neither for Nevada because of the recent OSHA review, nor for Illinois’ state plan because it was not approved until September 2009.

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