The New OSHA
On June 29, 2009, while addressing the American Society of Safety Engineers’ 2009 Professional Development Conference, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Acting Assistant Secretary, Jordan Barab, made it clear to all those present that they plan on serious changes to enforcement activities. Both speeches confirmed what safety and health professionals across the country have anticipated since the November elections.
It was made clear that it is no longer business as usual at OSHA but instead, the agency is returning to the days of strong, aggressive enforcement with little tolerance for bad actors.
Among the highlights mentioned by Solis and Barab:
It was announced there will be a special initiative in construction within the state of Texas, adding additional inspectors to form what was referred to by Secretary Solis as SWAT teams. Source: ISHN, July 8, 2009
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