Trump Expected to Rollback OSHA Regulations

- A January 27 report from states that industry experts are expecting the incoming Trump administration to focus on rolling back regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Most at risk are recent changes to OSHA’s injuring and illness reporting rule, which will likely see new guidance, limited enforcement, and the end of a policy allowing union officials increased access to non-union job sites.

Industry officials have been in ongoing legal disputes over multiple OSHA regulations from the Obama administration and are hoping to see the new White House come to their support. So-called anti-retaliation provisions that requires businesses to post injury and illness data online has been challenged in court, and so has a final rule dealing with employers’ obligations to keep employee injury and illness records.

Dan Deacon, from the law firm Conn Maciel Carey LLP, which represents employers, stated: “Under the new administration, the anti-retaliation provisions are likely on the chopping block.”

Eric Conn, also from the firm, stated, in reference to the record keeping rule: “we believe this is an unlawful rule which will be challenged early in the Trump administration.”

The new administration is currently awaiting the confirmation of its pick for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, before it can begin taking regulatory action. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is scheduled for February 7.

Overall the shift will likely mirror that of the previous Bush administration, which focused more upon compliance support, as opposed to the stringent enforcement of the Obama era.

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