Category Archives: Regulation

CWS In The News: I2P2 Debate Ahead

“Business and labor are preparing to wage a lobbying battle over a new rule expected later this year that could have a profound effect on how health and safety are handled in the workplace,” reports The Hill. At stake is the future of a potential Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan requiring workplace managers to […]

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 […]

AFL-CIO Joins NAM to Back OSHA On-Site Consultation Program for Small Business

The AFL-CIO posted an open letter to Rep. Issa (R-CA) from California Labor Federation Legislative Advocate Mitch Seaman reacting to an article in POLITICO about the Congressman seeking input from companies, business groups and think tanks on federal regulation. The AFL-CIO snidely and incorrectly cited part of the article that reported the National Association of Manufacturers’ […]

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 Shopfloor.org 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 […]

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.

Hammock: Don’t Forget OSHA’s Severe Violator Program

This timely reminder comes from Brad Hammock’s OSHA Law Blog: It has been several months since OSHA unveiled its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which focuses OSHA’s enforcement resources on employers “who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by committing willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations.” This is the time for employers to ramp […]

OSHA announces interim final rules and invites public comment on whistleblower procedures

Just an FYI, OSHA published in the Aug. 31 Federal Register interim final rules that will help protect workers who voice safety, health, and security concerns. The regulations, which establish procedures for handling worker retaliation complaints, allow filing by phone as well as in writing and filing in languages other than English. See the full […]