- Have a compliance assistance specialist in each local OSHA office.
- Have an ergonomics expert in each of OSHA's ten regions.
- Increase the number of on-site consultation visits by 3,200 in FY 2001, bringing the total 30,700.
- Set up satellite teletraining for compliance officers and consultation staff.
- Conduct approximately 4,000 site-specific inspections in FY 2001. Hire 63 additional compliance officers.
- Survey current industry safety practices and support a NIOSH study on high-risk workers to prioritize standard-setting.
- OSHA's priority standards are ergonomics, revision of the recordkeeping rule, and occupational exposure to tuberculosis.
OSHA's priorities for FY 2001
OSHA chief Charles Jeffress recently outlined top priorities to Congress for the next fiscal year, beginning October 1. Except for standards-setting, all of them require budget approval by Congress: