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CWS Urges Senate to Hold Hearing, Confirm OSHRC Nominees Immediately

June 7, 2024

On June 5, President Biden nominated Mark Eskenazi to serve as a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). CWS urges the Senate to quickly hold a confirmation hearing on his nomination. OSHRC has not had a working quorum since April 2023. Amanda Wood Laihow was nominated to serve on OSHRC in July 2023, and her…

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CWS Urges Congress to Pass CRA Resolution Nullifying OSHA’s Worker Walkaround Rule

May 17, 2024

On May 17, the Coalition for Workplace Safety and 58 other employer organizations sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to pass Representative Mary Miller’s Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s worker walkaround final rule. The following can be attributed to CWS spokesperson Lauren Williams,…

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CWS Urges Congress to Reject Ill-Conceived Warehouse Worker Protection Act

May 2, 2024

On May 2, 2024, members of Congress introduced their ill-conceived Warehouse Worker Protection Act, which, despite its industry-specific title, will have wide-reaching and damaging consequences for the economy at large. In response, CWS sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject the bill, and 61 employer organizations sent a separate letter emphasizing the breadth…

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CWS Slams OSHA for Finalizing Rule Allowing Third Parties to Access Workplaces

March 29, 2024

On March 29, OSHA issued its final rule governing the worker walkaround representative designation process. The rule allows third parties to accompany OSHA safety and health officers on facility inspections, ignoring the significant concerns raised by CWS and the 74 other organizations that joined our comments. The rule will serve to distract OSHA from its core mission–ensuring…

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CWS Files Comments on OSHA SBAR Panel on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Settings

December 20, 2023

On December 20, CWS submitted comments in response to OSHA’s SBAR Panel on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Settings. In accordance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), OSHA convened a Small Business Advocacy Review panel (SBAR Panel) in August 2023, which facilitated a series of video conferences engaging…

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CWS Files Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Worker Walkaround Rule

November 13, 2023

On November 13, CWS and 74 organizations representing employers submitted comments on OSHA’s proposed changes to the regulations governing the Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process. Under the current regulations, safety experts, such as hygienists and safety engineers may accompany OSHA on an inspection of an employer’s worksite. OSHA’s proposal would greatly expand the regulation and…

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CWS Calls on Congress to Rein in OSHA for Its Politicization and Dangerous Worker Walkaround Rule

September 27, 2023

On September 26, the Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS) and 40 other employer organizations sent a letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections calling out OSHA for its worker walkaround proposed rulemaking and the politicization of the agency that the rulemaking exemplifies. The rule would empower OSHA inspectors to…

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CWS Files Extension Request on OSHA’s Worker Walkaround NPRM

September 21, 2023

On September 21, the Coalition for Workplace Safety and 74 employer organizations filed an extension request with OSHA asking for an additional 60 days to be added to the agency’s Worker Walkaround notice of proposed rulemaking. Our letter explains, “A 60-day extension to the comment period would ensure the regulated community has the opportunity it…

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OSHA Issues Proposed Rulemaking Allowing Nonemployees into Workplaces

August 31, 2023

On August 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its new notice of proposed rulemaking on its process for employees to designate a worker walkaround representative. The proposal allows employees to authorize third parties, including labor unions or community organizers, to accompany an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer during a facility inspection when they are “reasonably…

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OSHA Issues Rulemaking Reinstating Obama-era Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

July 18, 2023

On July 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its final rule expanding reporting requirements for injury and illness data for employers in high-hazard industries. The rule takes effect on January 1, 2024. The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA information from their OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and…

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