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Review of the Division of Safety, Department of Labor and Employment Security, Report No. 97-25, December 1997
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  • The Division has not carried out its statutory mandate to ensure that private sector employers implement safety programs and committees. However, this mandate appears to be unworkable and may not result in the best use of state funds.
  • As an alternative to enforcing this requirement, the Division provides voluntary consultation services to private sector employers. However, this activity duplicates services provided by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and workers’ compensation insurance carriers. Due to a lack of outcome measures, the Division cannot show that its alternative provides a benefit in improving workplace safety.
  • Unless the Division can develop a viable alternative that results in a better use of state resources, the Legislature should eliminate funding for the Division's State Consultation services, which would save $1.4 million.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Financial Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-15 Progress Report: The Workers’ Compensation Program Makes Progress by Implementing Recommendation, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 98-76 Justification Review of the Safety and Workers' Compensation Program, published in  March 1999.
  • Report No. 98-48 PB² Performance Report for the Safety and Workers' Compensation Program, published in February 1999.

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