By Aaron Trippler
So here we are in 2013. The first round of the fiscal cliff has been averted, but now fiscal cliff number two looms only two months away. Sometime around mid-March, the federal government must address the debt limit, sequestration (put off for two months), and the continuing resolution for the federal 2013 budget. With these things on the horizon, it’s no wonder there will be little discussion taking place about occupational safety and health. While we expect several bills to be introduced in Congress to address various OHS issues, we don’t expect them to be introduced anytime soon. One bill has been introduced on recordkeeping, but is not expected to move.
Our biggest concerns now are what will become of the budgets for OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH, and whether or not Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels are to remain in their positions for this second term. Stay tuned!