Updating the Occupational Safety and Health Act

Dr. David Michaels testified before the Senate this week to address concerns regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Act and outlined changes that should be made, which would be the first of its kind in the 40 year history.

Some of the proposed changes that Dr. Michaels outlined were:

  • Introducing the ‘Injury and Illness Prevention Program’ which would require employers to create and implement a plan for identifying and remediating hazards.
  • Modify outdated penalties and introduce the ‘Severe Violators Enforcement Program’

We will continue to watch as you changes unfold in Washington D.C. and see if these proposed changes will take effect any time soon.