Thursday, June 04, 2009

OSHA Gears Up! Jobs, Enforcement and Guidance

In a press release from April 28th, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said "...
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve America's infrastructure and put Americans to work, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will receive economic recovery funds it will direct toward enhanced and targeted enforcement; technical assistance, guidance, training and outreach; and construction data collection."

Well based on the DOL job openings announcement I received by email today it appears the money is already being spent. The vast majority of jobs listed (click on the link for the listing) are for positions in OSHA. Specialists, investigators, lead inspectors, program assistants, engineers and more.

This is a double-edged sword. On the good side this means good jobs for people interested in the safety field. Some of these pay over $85,000. And it means longevity. And benefits. So if you are interested in a career with the government check it out.

The other edge means that the enhanced enforcement becomes a big possibility. So if safety is a concern for your organization you had better prepare. But OSHA does help. Here is the Field Operations Manual that provides guidance to all investigators. You can wade through all 329 pages to see what you need to do.

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