OSHA Directive Supports Protection Of Federal Workers
OSHA recently updated its Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG) directive for fiscal year 2011. FEDTARG directs programmed inspections of federal agency establishments that experienced high numbers of lost time injuries during FY 2010.
The directive outlines the procedures for carrying out programmed inspections at some of the most hazardous federal workplaces. OSHA will inspect all establishments reporting 100 or more lost time cases (LTCs) during FY 2010; 50% of those establishments reporting 50 to 99 LTCs; and 10% of those reporting 20 to 49 LTCs.
Changes to this directive include defining lost time case to mean a worker who loses time from work beyond the date of the injury. Other changes include updates to OSHA’s recordkeeping violation policy and guidance for the inspection of a federal worksite with multiple operations.
FEDTARG11 continues OSHA’s nationwide inspection targeting program for federal worksites. This program began in 2008 in response to a Government Accountability Office audit report that recommended the agency develop a targeted inspection program for federal worksites. Executive Order 12196, Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees, Paragraph 1-401(i) requires Federal OSHA to “conduct unannounced inspections of agency workplaces when the Secretary determines necessary if an agency does not have occupational safety and health committees; or in response to reports of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions.”
OSHA’s Office of Federal Agency Programs (FAP) represents the federal sector regarding occupational safety and health issues. The FAP provides leadership and guidance to the heads of federal agencies to assist them with their occupational safety and health responsibilities.
Under Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Executive Order 12196, the head of each agency is responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for employees. OSHA’s role is to assure these conditions for all Federal employees by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.