Category Archives: Latest on OSHA

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 […]

CWS In Congress and In The News

We recently told you that a Coalition for Workplace Safety spokesperson was set to testify about the priorities for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To follow up, here is the written testimony of Stuart Sessions, who received this write-up from Bloomberg: Stuart Sessions, president of Environomics Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, whose […]

CWS Spokesman To Tell Congress of OSHA Priorities

From the House Education and Workforce Committee: On Tuesday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m., the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing on “Investigating OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda and Its Impact on Job Creation” in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Since 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health […]

OSHA Withdraws Costly Noise Proposal

The Coalition for Workplace Safety is pleased that OSHA has announced that they will be withdrawing their proposal that would have required employers to implement costly and disruptive new controls for employee exposure to noise. OSHA indicated that they received a tremendous of amount of feedback from employers that have detailed their concerns with the […]

Senators Snowe and Lieberman Send OSHA Letter on Noise Regulation

Senators Olympia Snowe (R) and Joseph Lieberman (I) have sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis regarding OSHA regulation of noise in the workplace. Specifically, the agency is proposing an interpretation regarding exposure to noise in the workplace. The Senators’ letter warns, “There is significant alarm, in the manufacturing community in particular, […]

OSHA Needs to Explain Their Unfounded Noise Proposal

Originally posted at of the National Association of Manufacturers: OSHA formally announced in the Federal Register this morning that that the agency will be extending the comment period for their proposal to change noise abatement requirements. However, many on Capitol Hill are asking OSHA if the agency understands the impact that this proposal will have on […]

Senators Snowe and Enzi Warn of OSHA Direction

Senators Olympia Snowe (ME), the top Republican on the Small Business Committee, and Mike Enzi (WY), the top Republican on Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension are concerned about the direction OSHA is taking. In a recent letter, the Senators took issue with the fact OSHA “proposed several significant regulatory changes that could negatively […]

OSHA Slows Down on Expansive, Expensive Anti-Noise Mandates

The Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor of Labor this morning announced its intention of extending the comment period for re-interpretation of the OSHA Noise abatement requirement by 90 days.  The original comment deadline was scheduled for December 20th, but the Coalition for Workplace Safety sought additional time for public input. This 90-day extension […]

CWS Files Comments Regarding OSHA’s Consultation Program

The Coalition for Workplace Safety has filed Comments to the OSHA docket regarding On-Site and SHARP programs.

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 […]