OWS will encourage the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach of promoting safe and healthy workplaces, and continue to develop and support a management system that focuses enforcement activities on critical and strategic areas where the agency’s efforts can have the most impact. Under the current enforcement weighting system, OSHA weights certain inspections based on the time taken to complete the inspection or, in some cases, the impact of the inspection on workplace safety and health. OWS recognizes that time is not the only factor to assess when considering the potential impact of an inspection. About 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported to OSHA by private industry employers in 2017, occurring at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time workers. (Source: Sun News, 2019).
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