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OSHA ISSUES UPDATE ON NORTH CAROLINA SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

 OSHA ISSUES UPDATE ON NORTH CAROLINA SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM
 ATLANTA, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Assistant Secretary of Labor Dorothy L. Strunk today noted the rapidly approaching deadline for the state of North Carolina's safety and health program to correct or make substantial progress toward correcting deficiencies in the state's program.
 She noted that the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to receive information on some of the deficiencies.
 "The state program has responded to five of the seven deficiencies we outlined in January," said Strunk, who heads the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "We anticipate that before the Wednesday deadline, we will have received all the information necessary to make our final determination."
 North Carolina, along with 22 other states, operates its own safety and health program under the oversight of OSHA, which must ascertain that the state programs are "at least as effective as" the federal program.
 Strunk noted that the outstanding issues are "Reports and Information," which provides documentation that the state program has remained current with federal policies; and "Enforcement Program Procedures and Management," which documents state activities in compliance, inspection scheduling, and complaints and referrals.
 The deadline was imposed by the Department of Labor on Jan. 8, 1992, to establish a timeframe within which the state and federal government could work together to ensure the correction of the noted deficiencies.
 The deficiencies were identified in a January OSHA report. Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin requested the report in the wake of the fire at the Imperial Foods poultry processing plant in Hamlet, N.C., and as part of her commitment to the working men and women of North Carolina.
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 /CONTACT: Douglas Fuller of the United States Department of Labor -- OSHA, 202-523-6027 (office) or 703-548-4542 (after hours)/ CO: United States Department of Labor ST: North Carolina IN: SU:


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