Author Archives: Marc Freedman

When is a Regulation Not a Regulation?

This article originally appeared on *** Much ink (or the digital equivalent) has been spilled criticizing the Obama administration’s aggressive and expansive regulatory agenda.  And as burdensome and ill-conceived as many of these regulations are, at least they are being developed through the normal regulatory process of notice and comment with supporting analyses and […]

It’s Official: OSHA Overstates Claims of Study on Inspections

(cross-posted from Over in OSHA land, the agency is making a lot of noise over a recently published study that claims OSHA inspections save lives without costing jobs or other deleterious effects.  The study examined the impact of random inspections in California (a state with their own safety agency, not covered by federal OSHA) by comparing […]

OSHA White Paper Makes Case for Prevention Programs but Not for Regulation

By Marc Freedman – Jan. 17, 2012 (originally posted at On January 10, OSHA inaugurated the New Year by issuing a white paper extolling the virtues of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (also known as IIPPs, I2P2, or just safety and health programs). The paper discusses the key components OSHA has found in common […]

DOL Just Doesn’t Know How To Take Good News

First the good news: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the DOL’s own keeper of stats) just announced that workplaces in 2009 were safer than they were in 2008: “nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, down from a total case […]

Would You Like To Buy A Vowel?

The Daily Labor Report from the Bureau of National Affairs carried an important story in its February 24th edition that could easily be lost on busy people skimming the news. In short, there’s a real-life, honest-to-goodness preview of what the large workplace safety world may look like if the Administration cuts back on OSHA’s Voluntary […]