Teamsters: Workplace Safety Undermined By Passage Of Resolution To Disapprove Rule
H.J. Resolution 83 Weakens OSHA's Ability to Enforce Injury and Illness Recordkeeping
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SOURCE: TEAMSTER.ORG | (WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union denounced the passage of the House Joint Resolution 83 which disapproves a rule submitted by the Department of Labor that would help improve workplace safety.
The rule became necessary when a 2012 court decision overturned policy that had been in place for 40 years by limiting enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) injury recordkeeping regulations to a six-month period. OSHA publishes the data that it collects from employers on worksite injury and illness which is then utilized by employers, unions and workers to identify and fix workplace hazards.
“Workplace safety should not be a partisan issue,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Disproving this rule undermines OSHA’s ability to collect valuable data on workplace injuries that has been used to improve safety on the job for decades.”
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