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Reported to House with amendment(s) (10/07/1994)

Federal and Postal Service Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1994 - Creates a new occupational safety and health program for Federal and Postal Service employees. Outlines the rights and obligations of each executive agency and Postal Service employee regarding workplace safety.

(Sec. 2) Revises agency authority for establishing health and safety programs to require: (1) agency and Postal Service compliance with occupational safety and health standards and rules, and orders under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and with all regulations issued pursuant to this Act; and (2) appointment of agency and Postal Service Designated Agency Safety and Health Officers and health and safety committees to assist in agency-wide health and occupational safety programs and worksite inspections mandated under this Act.

Directs the Secretary of Labor to conduct random, unannounced health and safety inspections of executive agency and Postal Service workplaces and to issue citations if necessary to bring the agency into compliance with this Act or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Provides for judicial review of any order issued with respect to a citation which adversely affects or aggrieves any person.

Establishes civil penalties for agency and Postal Service violations of such Acts. Directs the Secretary to establish a Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

Allows Federal employees to bring civil actions in the appropriate U.S. district court to compel their employing agency or the Secretary of Labor to carry out their duties under this Act and for appropriate relief.

Requires the Administrator of the General Services Administration, upon request of an executive agency or the Postal Service, to investigate any report of unsafe or unhealthy conditions in a facility provided by the Administrator. Requires the Administrator to maintain a log of any report by an executive agency or the Postal Service of any unsafe or unhealthy condition in a building occupied by the agency and provided by the Administrator. Prohibits the Administrator from providing any agency with space which contains hazards or conditions which violate this Act or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Subjects to the requirements of this Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 any lease of a building to an executive agency or the Postal Service which is entered into by a private person under the Administrator's direction (or under direct negotiation with an agency).

Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop and widely disseminate technical assistance materials to assist agencies in complying with the requirements of this Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; and (2) establish and implement a program to provide education and technical assistance for agencies and employees, either directly or by grant or contract, concerning worksite safety and health and compliance with this Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Establishes in the Treasury the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Training Fund for training and assistance to agencies and employees.

Requires each agency to develop and implement a program to protect employees from ergonomic hazards and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) target enforcement efforts on agency worksites with poor safety and health performance; and (2) establish a safety and health incentive program to encourage exemplary safety and health performance and recognize agencies with outstanding safety and health records.

(Sec. 3) Outlines specific requirements applicable to Postal Service occupational safety and health programs, especially one to protect deaf and hearing-impaired employees from smoke or fire hazards.