Fix Rulemaking Process, Begin with PELs, ASSE Tells House Subcommittee
In a letter to Subcommitee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg for the record of its February 4 hearing on OSHA policies and the rulemaking process, ASSE urged the adoption of specific measures to improve the rulemaking process. “ASSE has never been an organization that believes a new standard is the answer to a workplace risk,” President Kathy Seabrook wrote. “From that measured perspective, ASSE has no difficulty in telling the Subcommittee that the time has long passed when Congress needed to give OSHA better tools to advance more reasonably its rules.” Measures ASSE identified from its Draft Occupational Safety and Health Reform Bill included moving towards risk-based regulatory approaches, encouraging better use of collaborative rulemaking, and enabling OSHA to update its standards with voluntary consensus standards. ASSE also said that, if no other measure can be advanced, Congress should build on bipartisan agreement that OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) need to be updated.