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Impact of the Trump Administration’s Budget on Federal OSH Programs

Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Trump Administration sent its Taxpayer First budget for FY 2018 to Congress. From funding levels provided in the 2017 continuing resolution (CR), OSHA would receive a surprisingly small cut; MSHA remains about the same; NIOSH is neutered with a 40% cut and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is given enough funds to close its doors.

OSHA Reform Blueprint

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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.

Utility Contractors to Hold Trench Stand Down

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As part of its alliance with ASSE, OSHA shares information about safety activities of its many alliance partners. Doug Kalinowski, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, reports that National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) will hold a Trench Safety Stand Down, June 19-24, 2017.

OSHA Suspends E-Recordkeeping Rule

Monday, May 22, 2017
OSHA has suspended the rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically. The rule took effect Jan. 1, 2017, and included a July 1 submission deadline, but according to a statement on its website, the agency is not currently collecting data electronically and expects to extend the deadline.

View From the OSH Bar: Petition to Reopen Silica Rule Unneeded

Monday, May 22, 2017
On May 3, 2017, 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. Reopening the silica rulemaking does not make sense at this juncture. The standard’s validity is pending before [...]

The Status Quo: Congress Funds Federal OSH Programs through September

Friday, May 19, 2017
On April 30, Congress agreed to a funding bill to keep the government open through Sept. 30, 2017. According to Adele Abrams, ASSE's federal representative, funding levels will remain relatively the same for OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH and CSB.

Closing of the Research Institute for Safety a Loss for OSH

Friday, May 19, 2017
Liberty Mutual is closing its Research Institute for Safety in June 2017. The institute has long been a prime source of scientific workplace safety data and peer-reviewed OSH research. Former director Tom Leamon, shares some history on the institute and its impact on the OSH profession and worker safety.

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