There are lot of questions about how the Trump administration will affect OSHA in the next four years including who will lead the agency. The President has already implemented a federal hiring freeze although there are some exceptions built into the mandate. However, it is probably a safe bet to assume we probably will not see an increase in OSHA enforcement and most likely a shift from enforcement to compliance assistance as federal budgets will likely shrink. (more…)
Well, 2017 is upon us and one of my New Year’s resolution is to start an OSHA related blog and this is one resolution I am committed to keeping (unlike a few others that have already fell by the wayside unfortunately).
I know it may not sound like a particularly interesting subject for a blog or perhaps a bit unusual to some, but if you are reading this, I suspect you probably do not fall into either of those camps. We are the safety and health “nerds” of the world and a group which, to be blunt, probably doesn’t get enough recognition but that’s a subject for a future blog.
To start, I wanted to share some of the reasons workplace safety is so important to me and also talk about some of my hopes and objectives in writing this blog.
Let me start with who I am. My formal legal background can be viewed under the “About the Author” link on this blog. For additional information about my experience, I welcome you to visit my bio on Cozen O’Connor’s website located here.
For my entire professional career I have been involved with workplace safety and health issues. Immediately after law school, I started as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Labor where I prosecuted, among other laws, OSHA. At DOL, I quickly grew to understand the importance of workplace safety and witnessed the tragedies that could take place when workplace safety is not a priority. (more…)