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House Repeal of OSHA Rule Lifts Regulatory Burden from Women Business Owners

Thursday, March 2, 2017  
Posted by: Conan Knoll
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For Immediate Release: March 2, 2017

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Erin Musgrave

erin@emcstrategies.com

(530) 864-7014

House Repeal of OSHA Rule Lifts Regulatory Burden from Women Business Owners

Statement by Women Impacting Public Policy President Jane Campbell regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday blocking an OSHA rule that would have required employers to keep workplace incident documentation for five years

The House of Representatives stood up for women business owners Wednesday when it passed a bill blocking an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule from taking effect that would have extended the timeframe that employers have to keep records of workplace injuries or incidents from six months to five years.

Extending the timeframe would do little to nothing to improve workplace safety and health, but it could add significant cost to the management of workplace safety and workers’ compensation programs for employers.

“At the end of the day, unless an employer is specifically exempt, they are required to comply with OSHA reporting requirements regardless of the statute of limitations,” said WIPP Board Chairwoman Lisa Firestone, owner of healthcare consulting firm Managed Care Advisors. “Complying with incident reporting is critical in order to expedite safety inspections and identify and mitigate workplace hazards, and ensure appropriate actions and initiatives are put in place to mitigate the risk of future incidents—none of which would have been improved or impacted by this rule.”

The House was right to block this rule from taking effect, which had little to no value in improving the safety and health of employees and created an unnecessary and costly additional burden to employers. We encourage the Senate to pass it without delay and send it to the president for his signature.

 

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