"I feel a responsibility to every worker and every worker's family to do all I can to prevent workplace accidents and deaths," Enzi said on the Senate floor, introducing his bill.
Highlights of the bill's provisions:
The Secretary of Labor would establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on certification standards for individuals participating in third-party audit and evaluation programs.
In March, the General Accounting Office reported that using consultants could leverage existing OSHA resources by helping workplaces that might never otherwise see an OSHA inspector, said Enzi.
Model MSDSs would cover the highly hazardous chemicals listed on the Process Safety Management Standard. These Model MSDSs must comply with OSHA's hazard communication standard and be in a consistent format that enhances the reliability and clarity of chemical hazard information.
In 2002, the United Nations adopted the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, establishing standardized requirements for hazard evaluation, safety data sheets, and labels. Whether the United States adopts it cannot be decided by OSHA alone. Other agencies involved in regulating hazardous chemicals must be involved, said Enzi.
The maximum imprisonment from repeat willful violations that result in a workerâ€™s death is increased from one year to three years.