OSHA Named Finalist for Innovations Award

OSHA's Expert Advisor software program was named a finalist in the\r\nInnovations in American Government Award, which recognizes responsive\r\nand innovative government programs.

OSHA''s Expert Advisor software program was named a finalist in the Innovations in American Government Award, which recognizes responsive and innovative government programs.

The Innovations in American Government Awards Program (Innovations Program) was started in 1986. It is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, and administered by Harvard University''s John F. Kennedy School of Government in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government.

OSHA is one of 25 finalists selected from more than 1,300 applications submitted by cabinet members, governors, mayors and county executives.

Finalist programs receive a $20,000 grant. OSHA will use the funds to expand awareness of the advisors.

"OSHA has created a practical compliance tool for businesses and workers, and these advisors provide expert assistance and tailor-made guidance in applying OSHA requirements to specific workplaces," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "Receiving recognition from such a prestigious program validates our hard work and creative efforts on behalf of all American workers and employers."

The advisors are a series of interactive software programs that make understanding OSHA''s regulations easier, especially for those with little background in workplace safety.

The enable businesses to answer a few simple questions and receive answers on how regulations apply to their workplace.

The advisors are available at no cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on OSHA''s Web site at www.osha.gov.

Representatives of the Interactive Software Advisors Program will be in Washington on Oct. 11 and 12, to appear before the Innovations in American Government National Selection Committee.

The 2000 winners of the Innovations Award will be announced on Oct. 12 and each will receive a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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