The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its strategic plan for 2010-2016 with the overall objective being "good jobs for everyone," in the words of Secretary Hilda Solis.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently held a Web chat to discuss its part in the DOL strategic plan, during which it characterized its overall plan in these words:
“OSHA is focusing on actively promoting safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by: setting and enforcing workplace safety and health standards; delivering effective enforcement; providing outreach, education and compliance assistance; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.”
More specifically, OSHA officials, including Administrator David Michaels, said they will seek to increase the agency’s enforcement and regulatory capabilities and make its presence more felt in the workplace.
The DOL budget has already risen twice during the Obama administration, and new investigators have been hired across the department, including OSHA. In addition, if the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) passes, new enforcement powers and increased fines and penalties will be available to OSHA.
In short, it’s a good idea to make sure your workplace is OSHA-compliant, not just in terms of posters displayed properly but also in having a safety plan in place. For the latter, you can rely on Personnel Concepts’ Emergency Action Program CD-ROM Plan Creator, which will generate your plan for you with a few keystrokes on your computer.