Summaries of H.R. 2864 and H.R. 2877 The House Education and the Workforce Committee agreed on Wednesday, March 11th by voice vote to a compromise version of H.R. 2864, OSHA Compliance Assistance Authorization Act of 1997, that would codify a popular OSHA state consultation program. H.R. 2864 would require the Secretary of Labor to permanently establish ... Article
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Summaries of H.R. 2864 and H.R. 2877
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Summaries of H.R. 2864 and H.R. 2877
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1998, Vol. 5, 5. doi:10.1044/hcoa5.1.4
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1998, Vol. 5, 5. doi:10.1044/hcoa5.1.4
The House Education and the Workforce Committee agreed on Wednesday, March 11th by voice vote to a compromise version of H.R. 2864, OSHA Compliance Assistance Authorization Act of 1997, that would codify a popular OSHA state consultation program. H.R. 2864 would require the Secretary of Labor to permanently establish state consultation programs. Employers who meet certain criteria would be exempt from “general schedule” OSHA inspections for one year after the state agency or university visit.
Democrats and the U.S. Department of Labor, who had opposed earlier versions of the bill, state that the altered proposal fully resolves any concerns that they had with the original legislation. Ballenger responded to Democratic concerns by adding the following provisions that would:
  • Ensure that the state would require that employees participate in on-site consultations;

  • Require employers who want to be exempt from “general schedule” OSHA inspections to “implement procedures for regularly identifying and preventing hazards” regulated by OSHA and maintain “appropriate involvement of and training for management and nonmanagement employees in achieving safe and healthful working conditions.”

  • Give priority when scheduling on-site visits to those small businesses in higher hazard industries or those that have the most hazardous conditions at issue.

  • Eliminate the $50 million dollars authorized for the program in FY 1999.

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