Under OSHA's 1997-2002 strategic plan, injuries and illnesses declined in the 100,000 workplaces where there were direct OSHA interventions (such as the consultation program to help small business address its needs); amputations declined by 24 percent and lead exposures by 69 percent - the original goal was a 15 percent reduction in each. Fatalities in construction declined 9.5 percent - just short of the original goal of 11percent; and injuries and illnesses were cut by 47 percent at work sites engaged in cooperative relationships with OSHA.
Five-year plan: OSHA aims to cut injuries 20 percent
OSHA will reduce workplace fatalities by 15 percent and workplace injuries and illnesses by 20 percent by 2008, according to the agency's new strategic management plan.
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