The OSHA Underground posted an entry on our new budget, and while I don't disagree with anything they said, I do want to throw out a cautionary note: those 100 new CSHOs aren't going to hit the ground running. Brand new CSHOs typically get attached to a senior CSHO's hip for about a year as they learn the job, then it takes anywhere from 2-4 more years for them to get good at their jobs (there's just so much to learn). The year of attachment, of course, can also slow the senior CSHO down. Keeping in mind that optimistically the new CSHOs will get hired beginning in August at the earliest, and the jobs won't be filled until the end of the year at the earliest, we're looking at the end of next year before any of the newbies are doing inspections on their own. Also keep in mind that we are going to be loosing many senior CSHOs in that time to retirement, which depletes the training pool. No, I don't think we're going to see any impact by those new CSHOs until 2011 and no significant impact until 2012-13.
Hopefully, next year we'll be able to hire even more, because even the 100 aren't enough.