Osha Pushes To Enforce Stricter Compliance And Regulations-www.dy2018.net

Health The responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has always been to enforce standards through citations and penalties. However, then next four years yield a windfall of revenue for the government based on OSHAs new agenda. Although Americans have consistently been reminded of the dangers of putting ideology before common sense regulation, occupational health and safety training and systems has taken the backseat to OSHA compliance. Despite the fact that there is no confirmed Assistant Secretary or even a nominee, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made it clear during a speech on Workers Memorial Day at the National Labor College that OSHA will move forward aggressively with their agenda. The Department of Labor is becoming increasingly stringent in the enforcement of occupational health safety loss control standards. Some recent accomplishments that OSHA claims include a major revamping of the Enhanced Enforcement Program, new rulemaking on combustible dust, the establishment of a new round of the two-year Susan Harwood training grants, the issue of new fact sheets and guidance documents about the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and a move forward on standards addressing diacetyl, silica, and the Globally Harmonized System. Furthermore, it was recently announced that the national office would no longer set goals for new Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) entrances or alliances, but they are setting goals for enforcement. Although OSHA has made a good start in setting and enforcing stricter OSHA safety training standards and compliances, there is still much more enforcement to come with greater penalties. As the focus on enforcement, there is likely going to be a reduction in the use of compliance assistance and the employment of cooperative programs to engage people in pushing worker protection initiatives nationwide. OSHA is currently using stimulus money to increase hiring of enforcement CSHOs, hiring for the fiscal year of 2009, and the need to fill the positions of retiring OSHA staff. In addition to meeting these hiring goals, Secretary Solis is requiring OSHA to significantly increase diversity in its rank which means new hires may not have much real world experience. Other difficult problems that OSHA needs to address include outdated chemical standards; seek higher criminal prosecutions and penalties, musculoskeletal disorders, and new hazards like nano particles. Fresh ideas must be implemented in order to address problems both new and old. A recently released GAO report announced that there would be a thorough review of OSHA’s cooperative programs. Although it has been announced that OSHA will not eliminate the VPP, its future will be considered. Other cooperative programs such as Alliances will also be evaluated based on the context of OSHA’s mission and resources. The new Severe Violators Enforcement program will also be issued soon which will bring a windfall of significant penalties. In the upcoming weeks, a new NEP will be addressing hazards in chemical plants while another will be addressing recordkeeping problems. Recordkeeping problems were a big issue last year due to the complex nature of injuries and illnesses and the existence of grey areas that confuse employers about what is recordable. OSHA received $1 million in the fiscal year of 2009 to address these recordkeeping problems, most of which will likely involve training compliance officers to cite more recordkeeping violations Additionally, OSHA will likely put forth great effort to recordkeeping . As a result of President Obama’s request for a 10% increase in OSHA’s budget for the 2010 fiscal year, there will be an addition of 130 new CSHOs, more whistleblower specialists, and more standards personnel. In addition, OSHA fines may increase by a factor of four, meaning that the current maximum penalty of $7,000 could possibly go up to $28,000. OSHA is back to setting standards and implementing more stringent regulations to increase penalties and hunting for high profile criminal cases. Contact Information: Dan Snyder, M.Ed, CSP, CHMM , CET, CHSP Performance Based Safety, LLC [email protected] www.safetyconsultants.org 417-773-3555 About the Author: 相关的主题文章: