OSHA in an Election year: Enforcement, Enforcement, Enforcement


This year continues to bring even more headlines than 2011 regarding workplace safety and the agency empowered to regulate and enforce it - OSHA. Given the increased scrutiny that regulators feel with election-year politics, the agency has been picking its battles carefully when pursuing changes through new or updated regulations. Companies and their counsel should pay attention to recent indicators that signal OSHA will keep its foot on the gas (enforcement) pedal while also strategically and selectively advancing regulatory initiatives. This article briefly addresses OSHA coverage and basic regulatory requirements placed on employers before reviewing OSHA’s current enforcement and regulatory initiatives.

Excerpted from the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Fall 2012. To read the full article, click on the PDF linked below.


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