The Hill Takes Note of CWS Opposition to HR 5663

The Coalition for Workplace Safety has been busy educating employers, associations, and legislators about the pitfalls of H.R. 5663, called the “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010” but which would do little if anything to improve workplace safety in parts of the bill directed at OSHA.

People are taking note of our efforts, as indicated by this great article in The Hill:

on Tuesday, a long list of business groups — uniting as the Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS) — filed their opposition as well. In a letter to members of the committee, the group argues that Congress shouldn’t saddle businesses with new workplace safety rules without also providing resources to help those businesses meet the new requirements.

“Instead of improving workplace safety,” the group wrote, “this bill will only increase the adversarial nature of the relationship between Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and employers, and create more confusion leading to increased litigation and compliance costs. This bill contains no support or assistance for employers to help them implement better safety programs or understand better their obligations.”

The CWS includes business groups as diverse as the International Foodservice Distributors Association and the Society of American Florists.

That diversity says a lot about the level of concern across the entire business community.

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