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Occupational Safety News Bulletin – 2/15

OSHA LogoOccupational Safety news headlines for mid February, 2011:

  • On Feb 1, OSHA hosted a regional Latino outreach and education conference on safety, health and workers’ rights in Oakland, CA
  • Rep. Darrell Issa of California will be holding a hearing on “Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation.”
    • Michael J. Fredrich, president of Manitowoc Custom Molding, LLC, plans to tell the committee that “there is an attempt to govern through federal agency regulations initiatives which would never pass Congress,” Particularly the Affordable Care Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.) also weighed in and sent Mr. Issa a five-page list of troublesome rules, and its C.E.O. will testify at the hearing.
    • N.A.M.’s vice president of regulatory policy, Rosario Palmieri, took issue with a proposed rule change to OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, in which a small business can request a visit by an OSHA in order to increase compliance. However, Mr. Palmieri contended that with the change in rules, OSHA could sanction program participants for safety violations, should the inspector find any. “That’s the exact opposite of what this program was designed to do,” he said. “It was designed to help small businesses comply and improve work place safety. But if it becomes a tool for gotcha enforcement, it undermines that goal.”
    • The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) sent a letter Issa, to reiterate its support for OSHA’s development of an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard.
  • OSHA releases “Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers Training Video”, to help healthcare workers understand the law, how to properly use PPE and when to use PPE.

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