HILL HEARING ON OSHA REFORM: Yesterday Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels testified in support of the Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor.
On the day after soccer’s World Cup final, it strikes us the job of a safety and health manager is like that of a referee… when game is over (or the day is done) and no one is talking about the referee (or the safety manager), as though he was invisible, he has done his job well.
SAFETY’S HIGH POLITICAL PROFILE: Lawmakers in Washington are dealing with workplace safety and health issues with a highly uncommon flurry of activity. Right now it’s all about hearings, righteous rhetoric, and promises of reform. Whether any concrete new laws or regs come of Congressional concerns is up in the air.