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A High Impact Agency
Goals for 2000

OSHA’s Vision
To make America's workplaces the safest in the world by eliminating workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, so that all workers return home safely every day.

To achieve this vision, OSHA has established three interdependent and complementary strategic goals that will guide the development of programs and activities for the agency.  For each strategic goal, the agency has identified specific, measurable, performance goals to assess OSHA’s progress: 


Goal 1: Improve workplace safety and health for all workers, as evidenced by fewer hazards, reduced exposures and fewer injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

By September 30, 2000 OSHA will:

  • Reduce injury/illness rates 20% in at least 50,000 workplaces where OSHA initiates an intervention.

  • Status: OSHA has achieved this goal.


      The number of workplaces where OSHA had an intervention and injury/illness rates have been reduced by 20%. 
      LWDII rate in each workplace prior to an  intervention beginning in FY 1995.
    FY 1999 Results
      50,100 workplaces reduced Lost Workday Injury & Illness (LWDII) rates by at least 20%
      Results based on an analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Clark University using OSHA Data Initiative (ODI), OSHA Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), Bureau of Labor Statistics Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses data.

      This analysis was done because the follow-up data for interventions conducted between FY 1995 and FY 1999 will not be completely available until FY 2001.

By September 30, 2000 OSHA will:
  • Initiate investigation of 95% of worker complaints within 1 working day or conduct an on-site inspection within 5 working days.
    Status as of July 31, 2000: 85% 


      The percentage of worker complaints that have an investigation within one working day or an on-site inspection within five working days. 
      61% (FY 1997) 
    FY 1999 Results
      OSHA offers workers the choice between two approaches to handle their complaints: either OSHA will contact employers via phone/fax to inform them of complaints, with a response required back from the employer within five work days; or, OSHA will conduct an on-site inspection.

Goal 2: Change workplace culture to increase employer and worker awareness of, commitment to, and involvement with safety and health.

By September 30, 2000 OSHA will: 

  • Make all standards and regulations available on the OSHA Home Page on the Internet.

    Status: OSHA has achieved this goal. 

    OSHA's home page has standards, directives, compliance assistance materials, fact sheets, publications, events, frequently asked questions, most frequently violated standards, news releases, the OSHA/Consultation Office Directory, technical support materials, speeches, OSHA's small business page, electronic advisors, and what's new available on it at 

Goal 3: Secure public confidence through excellence in the development and delivery of OSHA’s  programs and services.

By September 30, 2000 OSHA will: 

  • Redesign all of its federal field enforcement offices by September 30, 1999 to improve the agency's ability to reduce worker injury, illness, and death in the most hazardous workplaces.
  • Status: OSHA has achieved this goal. 

    All 66 scheduled federal field enforcement offices have been redesigned by introducing new strategies to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and by improving existing processes. 



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