OSHA Update: Bureaucracy, Budget and Leadership Rumors

It’s mid-summer and a man’s fancy turns to what’s happening in OSHA these days.  Let’s update you all before you (and I) head out on vacation: Assistant Secretary: Tomorrow will mark a full 18 months of this administration and still no Assistant Secretary at OSHA. Scott Mugno, who has gone through a Senate confirmation hearing…

OSHA Hearing: OSHA has Great Tools; Please Don’t Use Them. Hearing Report Part 3

The messages to OSHA from the Chamber of Commerce at this week’s House hearing were clear: Don’t (miss)use the General Duty Clause as a substitute for issuing OSHA standards. Don’t issue any OSHA standards. The General Duty Clause: Great Idea, As Long As You Don’t Actually Use It One of the mantras that you hear…

Report Calls For Studying Vulnerable Workers, Gig Economy, and Maintaining OSHA’s New Recordkeeping System.

Workplace safety and health surveillance and recordkeeping sound boring, but good data about who’s getting hurt, sick or killed — how and why– are vital to determining the need for safety and health protections, funding and where to put resources for inspections, standards and other strategies to keep workers from getting sick, injured and killed…