The U S Department of Labor yesterday in Houston began a series of Live Q & A session to address its fall regulatory agenda for the next six to 12 month. The second regulatory department to host live Q & A is Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA the department proposes to “implement Injury and Illness Prevention Programs”. In the open remark for the live web chat, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for OSHA spoke about the Agency’s regulatory priorities for the next several months. Some of which are:
- The Agency’s commitment to strengthening the worker’s voice in the workplace Improving access to information establishes a solid foundation for making workplaces safer.
- OSHA is focused on improving worker awareness of the health and safety risks posed by hazardous chemicals.
- The Agency will publish the final rule to revise our Hazard Communication Standard. Additionally, this agenda also reflects two new initiatives that are focused on hazards in the high risk construction industry: Backing Operations and Reinforcing and Post-Tensioned Steel Construction.
- OSHA’s proposed regulatory initiative, the Injury and Illness Prevention Program proposal, will help employers to set up a process to “find and fix” workplace hazards.
- The Injury and Illness Prevention Program rulemaking will provide employers the tools necessary to find and fix workplace safety and health hazards.
- The Injury and Illness Prevention Program rulemaking is projected to enhance worker’s input and participation in the process.
- Key provisions of the program may include:
- A requirement that employers systematically identify and remediate risks to workers for example, to review relevant safety and health information, develop procedures for inspecting their workplaces for safety and health hazards and investigate accidents.
- Methods to provide workers with opportunities to participate in the program,.
- Provisions requiring that the program be made available to workers so they can understand it and help monitor its implementation
- A requirement that employers implement the program so the program actually protects workers
- Provisions to prevent employers from not covering workers by misclassifying them as independent contractors
- Comments from the live Q & A will provide the Agency with invaluable firsthand knowledge and help shape the standards produced by the Agency.
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