Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Agency Proposes Management Moves. (OSHA)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Agency Proposes Management Moves. (OSHA)

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OSHA Administrator John Hens haw is reorganizing the national office, a step seen as moving the agency closer to the business-friendly philosophy championed by the Bush administration.

"I think [the reorganization] better aligns our functions, better aligns our talents, avoids duplication and capitalizes on synergy we have across the agency," Henshaw said in an April 23 interview with OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS, moments before unveiling the plan. The American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 must approve the reorganization.

The management shifts and the renaming of familiar functions moves OSHA away from the agency's traditional regulatory and policy functions, according to agency and labor sources.

Employees in the office of regulatory analysis are being reassigned elsewhere in the agency, according to an April 23 memo Henshaw wrote to explain the restructuring of the national office. If OSHA issues few major standards, as indicated in its most recent regulatory agenda, it will not need to conduct as much regulatory analysis.

Other major proposed changes:

* The Directorate of Federal-State Operations will be expanded and renamed the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs. …

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