OSHA’s Strategic Management Plan for 2003-2008
The OSHA Strategic Management Plan for 2003-2008 was a management tool that outlined OSHA’s ongoing process to evaluate, control, and reduce workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses for specific industries during the projected period. According to a May 12, 2003 OSHA Trade Release, OSHA’s plan was to “support the Department of Labor’s Strategic Plan” (OSHA’s 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan Goals, 2003). The plan established three main goals, which were to “reduce occupational hazards through direct intervention; promote safety and health culture through compliance assistance, cooperative programs, and strong leadership; and strengthen agency capabilities and infrastructure” (OSHA 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan, n.d.). Ultimately, the plan outlined and prioritized OSHA’s approach to achieving the three main goals that were established. OSHA management strongly believed that through the use of enforcement, compliance assistance, and cooperative programs, it could achieve the ultimate goal of the plan and reduce fatalities, injuries and injuries. With the achievement of those goals, management also thought that a positive culture would be created where by industry and the nation would come to embraced health and safety in the workplace, which would ultimately reduce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses (National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, 2002). In the plan, OSHA targeted specific industries with specific reduction quotas concerning workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. In order to affect change within these industries, OSHA established new enforcement concepts that included “follow-up inspections, programmed inspections, improvement of case settlement process, corporate notification of significant enforcement process, and incorporation of the federal court enforcement process allowed under the OSHA Act of 1970” (National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety...
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