Health and Safety:
Protecting Workers and the Public Continues to Challenge DOE
T-RCED-94-283, Sep 22, 1994
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to protect the health and safety of its workers and the people living in communities near its facilities. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has taken steps to correct its data collection problems, made plans to establish a data coordinator, and established deadlines for submitting data on work-related health problems; (2) DOE cannot project when all workers will be included in its Health Surveillance Program because it is reconfiguring its overall approach to workers' health surveillance; (3) DOE has formulated a reorganization plan aimed at maintaining the independence of its oversight functions and has started implementing plans to greatly increase the number of its oversight staff; (4) DOE has begun consultations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aimed at establishing OSHA regulation of DOE facilities; and (5) specific milestones to guide the transition to OSHA regulation and to define roles for OSHA and DOE have not been established.