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The Assault on Health and Safety Begins!
Deregulation policies a threat to worker safety!
OSHA Delays Electronic Record-Keeping Rule!
Talk of scrapping two regulations for each new one adopted!
OSHA Further Delays Silica Rule Enforcement!
Proposed $2.5B Cut to Dept. of Labor’s Budget, Elimination of Chemical Safety Board
During the past six months, there has been lots of talk (and action) in Washington about reducing and eliminating regulations, repealing OSHA rules, and imposing major staff reductions and budget cuts in agencies dedicated to increasing worker health and safety (OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, and The Chemical Safety Board). Despite all the headlines, businesses throughout the country must continue to operate and, unfortunately, workers continue to be injured or killed on the job on a daily basis.
Although safety regulations and enforcement actions can have a positive effect on reducing worker injuries, they do not prevent them. It still remains everyone’s responsibility within the workplace to promote, create, and maintain a safe and healthy work environment despite whether or not a formal regulation is in place. From top management down through all levels of the business hierarchy to the employees on the shop floor, safety should be everyone’s top priority.
Regulations or the threat of enforcement penalties and fines should not be the sole driving force in providing safe and healthy work environments. Many highly successful businesses foster safe working conditions and decide on their own to implement safety programs that exceed the basic requirements spelled out in safety regulations.
Bottomline –Safety should remain at the top of your priority list every day for yourself, your fellow employees, and your family and friends while you are away from the workplace.
For more information or of you require assistance with your health and safety programs, please contact Bob King, CIH, CSP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.