Government Affairs Resources
ASSE is committed to ensuring that any decision by federal or state government impacting the safety, health and environment of the workplace is based on good science and sound technology.
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The DC Court of Appeals recently vacated OSHA's July 22, 2015 memorandum on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Application of the Retail Exemption. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the July 22, 2015, enforcement memo was a “standard” under the OSH Act and, therefore, required notice and comment in accordance with section 6 of the OSH Act.
Friday, September 30, 2016
The OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable has published a white paper, "Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction," that aims to help OSH professionals reach small residential construction contractors.
On August 25th the US Department of Labor published final guidance on the Obama administration's Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order.
ASSE Government Affairs Update for June & July 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final rule raising civil penalties by nearly 80% in some cases, for occupational and mine safety and health violations, and certain other types of employment law infractions. The stated goal for the increase in all agencies was to conform to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended in 2015.
Safety 2016 will feature many opportunities to learn more about government affairs
During a meeting this week, ASSE spoke with the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) about the OSH profession. NACOSH is a Congressionally-established advisory body to OSHA and NIOSH. The discussion focused on the need for more qualified safety professionals in the field and how stakeholders such as ASSE can work with NACOSH to encourage the growth of the profession.