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FY18: NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

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Budget
  • ASSE supports the critical role NIOSH and the CSB serve in keeping the American worker safe. Contact your representatives about the value NIOSH and the CSB provide to the safety community.
Regulatory Reform
  • ASSE has developed an OSHA Reform Blueprint with ASSE's government affairs priorities and a vision for how OSHA can improve in a time of political change. The proposal calls for reforms to emphasize the management of risk, sharpen the agency's focus on productive policies, and fill legislative and regulatory gaps that limit OSHA's ability to better protect workers.
  • Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta explains the Department of Labor approach to Trump’s regulatory rollback: respect for the individual and respect for the rule of law. (WSJ, paywall)
  • Submit your ideas to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on how the government can be better organized by June 12.
OSHA
  • In partnership with ASSE, AIHA, and NSC, OSHA’s Safe & Sound Week is June 12-18. A national campaign to promote the value of safety and health programs, Safe & Sound Week reminds employers and workers of the three core elements of an effective safety and health program – management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards.
  • OSHA has indefinitely suspended its rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically.
  • A coalition of construction industry associations formally petitioned OSHA to begin a limited reopening of the agency’s March 25, 2016, final rule setting requirements for reduction of respirable crystalline silica in general industry, construction and maritime workplaces.
  • Though still under review at OMB, the beryllium standard took effect on May 20. Employers must comply with the rule by March 12, 2018.
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