In safety news:

A new report from the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General says that OSHA lacks sufficient metrics to determine the success of its enforcement and safety promotion efforts, and that it needs an outcomes-based strategy. The report, Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of Labor, indicates that OSHA’s data on safety stemming from inspections, enforcement and programs such as whistleblower protection is too limited. OIG explains “OSHA’s performance measures have been focused on activities rather than outcomes. While OSHA cites several studies that have shown a positive impact from OSHA inspections, the agency needs to continue its efforts to develop metrics that reflect the impact of its enforcement efforts on improving workplace safety and health.” The report also identifies OSHA limited funding as an obstacle to this goal.

Read more from Safety News Alert here. Read the report in full here.

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