Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Labor Department Applauds Agencies' Safety Efforts

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Labor Department Applauds Agencies' Safety Efforts

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Five federal agencies achieved "exemplary" performance during the first 3 years of the presidential Safety, Health and Return to Employment (SHARE) initiative, which is extended through fiscal year 2009.

In a Feb. 15 awards ceremony in the Labor Department's headquarters, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Labor were recognized for meeting some or all of the SHARE initiative's goals.

The Department of the Navy and the Social Security Administration were recognized for best overall performance in accomplishing all four SHARE goals.

The Labor Department was recognized for achieving the highest timely filing rate of injury and illness notices. The Department of Defense agencies achieved the most notable reduction in the rate of lost-production days among civilian employees due to injuries and illnesses. The Treasury Department was recognized for the greatest reduction in injury and illness case rates.

OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr., who was one of the awards' presenters, said he appreciated the federal agencies' efforts to make their work sites safer and healthier for their workers.

"What you all are doing here--allowing people to go home safe and sound after every night--to borrow the phrase from the commercial: 'That's priceless,'" Foulke said.

According to Howard Radzely, acting deputy secretary for the Department of Labor, before President George W. …

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