Barab says OSHA still committed to compliance assistance

Despite a renewed focus on enforcement and standards-setting, OSHA is committed to offering compliance assistance to employers, assistant OSHA administrator Jordan Barab said in a Feb. 24 speech at the New Jersey Occupational Safety and Health Education Program Conference in East Brunswick.

In recent months, OSHA has stepped up enforcement by issuing higher fines than in previous years, including a record-breaking fine of $84.4 million to BP Products North America last October.

During his speech, Barab said OSHA would continue to offer employers resources on worker training and training grants, fact sheets, and guidance documents. As evidence, he highlighted the upcoming National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety, and noted that recommendations in President Barack Obama's recently proposed fiscal year 2011 budget (.pdf file) would provide for a $1 million increase for state-based onsite consultation programs and a $250,000 boost to the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

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