ISHN engages Jim Frederick, assistant director of health, safety and environment department, United Steelworkers
December 11, 2012
Can OSHA survive annual budget cuts of 8% as projected in the cliff scenario? Like any organization, budget cuts at OSHA will be difficult. Cuts to OSHA are likely to have a disproportionate effect on workers in small workplaces, workers with English as a second language and non-union workers. All workers have the right to a safe workplace and OSHA’s job is to make certain that workplaces are safe from recognized hazards.
OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards regarding requirements for head protection.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced today that it has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment regarding amendments to 49 CFR parts 821 and 826, setting forth rules of procedure for the NTSB's review of certificate actions taken by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and applications for fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).
The Regulatory Accountability Act is a "radical" measure that would "cripple the federal regulatory process and severely weaken laws that protect health, safety and the environment," according to the OMB Watch, a nonprofit organization committed to government transparency and accountability.