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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Letter To Congress From ASSE

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

OSHA, Federal Railroad Administration sign agreement to protect workers from retaliation

OSHA and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration have signed a memorandum of agreement to facilitate coordination and cooperation between agencies regarding the enforcement of the Federal Railroad Safety Act's whistleblower provision. The act protects railroad employees from retaliation when they report safety violations, or work-related personal injuries or illnesses.

Read the press release in the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch

ASSE’s Pollock reinforces support for I2P2, VPP, in letter to Congressional Committee Chair

American Society of Safety Engineers’ President Richard A. Pollock, in writing to Representative Timothy L. Walberg (chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on Workforce Protections' Committee on Education and the Workforce), said: "A well written OSHA I2P2 standard that truly causes a shift to risk-based approaches to safety and health among all employers can change the overall focus of OSH's work away from ensuring employer adherence to inflexible standards that too often lead to nitpicky enforcement efforts. The current disconnect between how OSHA encourages employer commitment to safety and health and how the best employers achieve safety and health can be bridged."

Read the article on EHS Today

The Center For Progressive reform calls for changes at OSHA

Some of the suggested changes include:
  • Increase OSHA’s budget through user fees. Charge those who benefit from OSHA, such as VPP participants a fee.
  • Allow harmed workers to directly sue employers.
  • Apply the responsible corporate officer doctrine to violations of the OSH Act. The doctrine enables the government to hold high-level corporate officials criminally responsible for violations of public health and welfare statutes. It has been used in several contexts, but not yet to protect worker safety. No change to the law is required.
Read the article in EHS Today.

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending July 14th
Safety News Briehs - Willful OSHA Violation
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending June 23rd

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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

I would hope congress listens to ASSE, but I doubt if they will.

8:48 AM  

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