U.S. Congress Permanently Overturns OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, Missing Opportunity to Protect Worker Health and Safety

The U.S. Congress has passed H.J.Res.83, permanently overturning OSHA’s recordkeeping rule.

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Release No. SPR-17-0324-01   
       
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Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (March 24, 2017) — On March 22, while few were looking and with little debate, the U.S. Senate passed H.J.Res.83, which used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently overturn an OSHA final rule that clarifies the obligation of employers to establish and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses throughout a five-year record retention timeframe. The legislation was previously passed by the House and now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it into law.

“Congress’ number-one priority should be protecting the American people; unfortunately, by sending this legislation to the president, they have placed them at greater risk,” said AIHA President Lawrence Sloan, CAE. “Better injury and illness recordkeeping leads to better, more targeted approaches to protecting worker health and safety. By quickly passing H.J.Res.83 with little public notice or debate, Congress missed an opportunity to fully explore the possible consequences of overturning OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. AIHA agrees with the need for regulatory reform; however, we hold that it should be done in such a way that allows the public and affected stakeholders to weigh in on its development.”

For more information, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA Director of Government Relations, at mames@aiha.org.

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