A Comment posted to ISHN.com regarding story (link at bottom):
ASSE, for example, is over 100 years old. Yes, its membership surged at the onset of OSHA but it leveled out. Increases in membership since then have been modest, mostly in response to aggressive recruiting by ASSE members.
If safety and health professionals had not been at work for many years before OSHA, OSHA would have never gotten off the ground with any standards to enforce.
While I am not at all in favor of OSHA's demise, I don't believe that safety and health professionals should expend valuable time and energy worrying about OSHA's budgets or other political problems.
OSHA, by definition, is horizontal standards for basic safety and health. Safety and health excellence, by comparison, is entirely site specific. It is what safety and health professionals are. It is achieved in our collaboration with our management teams and employee colleagues.
Government by its nature cannot be a significant contributor to achieving safety and health excellence.