OSHA listens on Feb 10th in Washington

[tweetmeme]OSHA has scheduled a meeting to ‘listen’  at a public meeting on Feb. 10 in Washington to hear from stakeholders on key issues.  According to the OSHA press release, questions to be discussed at “OSHA Listens” include:

  • What are the most important emerging or unaddressed safety and health issues in the workplace, and what can OSHA do to address these?
  • How can the agency improve its efforts to engage stakeholders in programs and initiatives?
  • Are there additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s current compliance assistance efforts and the onsite consultation program to ensure small businesses have the information needed to provide safe workplaces?

Anyone interested in attending must register by sending an e-mail with contact information and the topic to be discussed to stakeholder.meeting@dol.gov by Feb. 3. People who cannot attend may submit comments by e-mail, referencing Docket Number OSHA-2010-0004.

My take on this is, if you’re in the area and have some time on your hands why not attend and be heard.  I wouldn’t hold your breath on OSHA doing anything substantial anytime soon, especially with the POTUS readying the country for an across the board spending freeze.  But nevertheless, the meeting should be informative. 

I would also be very interested in hearing comments from anyone attending, particularly on OSHA’s tone toward their compliance assistance programs.  This has been a point of contention with the ‘new’ OSHA this past year.  Both Labor Secretary Solis and then acting Asstistant Secretary Barab made several pointed jabs at compliance assistance vs. compliance enforcement last summer.

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