ASSE Urges Obama to Advance I2P2 Rule as Fitting Response to West Explosion and 13 Deaths Daily in US Workplaces
In a May 16 letter, ASSE urged President Obama to direct his Administration to move forward OSHA rulemaking on an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard as an appropriate response to the April 19 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that took 15 lives as well as the nearly 13 lives lost each day in US workplaces. A well-written standard that require every employer to develop an I2P2 program would help ensure that every employer takes responsibility both for identifying safety and health risks in each workplace and establishing specific controls to manage those risks, ASSE President Rick Pollock wrote. Stakeholder meetings on the rulemaking were held in June 2010, and the Department of Labor’s latest Unified Agenda stated that the SBREFA process was to begin in January of this year. “A national debate on that standard is much needed and long overdue,” Pollock wrote.