Greater Chicago Chapter ASSE Spring 2017 Newsletter
Posted - May 04, 2017
Hello everyone, it looks like we have finally reached the changeover to Spring weather outside. As a lot of us get back to mowing our lawns again or starting up projects that involve power tools, I encourage everyone at manufacturing and construction firms to offer to let their employees take their safety glasses and ear plugs home to use, if they do not have their own at home. It’s good for us to watch out for our employee’s safety and health both on and off the job.
In my last letter I had wondered if we would see some OSHA & EPA regulations rolled back or delayed by the new Trump Administration. There have been several environmental regulation rollbacks, but the one that will affect those working in the safety profession the most is the rollback of the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule updates that were introduced in the last year of the Obama Administration. The changes were rolled back in early 2017 by Congress and recently signed by the President. What it means for all of us is that the current OSHA Recordkeeping Rules will remain the status quo. Under the provisions of the Congressional Review Act that was utilized to roll back the planned recordkeeping updates, OSHA will not be allowed to issue “substantially” similar regulatory changes in the future. Continue Reading »