On January 30, President Donald Trump released an Executive Order meant to try to make good on his pledge to minimize government regulations. What’s the possible effect on OSHA ?
The order requires that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.” The so-called “two for one” order affects executive departments and agencies, such as OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency.
It states that, “For fiscal year 2017, which is in progress, the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law or consistent with advice provided in writing by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.”
The obvious purpose is that the charges for new regulation be neutralize by the removing of present rules. Particular exemption apply.
Opposition to the Executive Order was summed up by heads the Center for Progressive Reform, Robert Verchick. He commented that, “It seeks to ration the American people’s health and safety by forcing agencies to arbitrarily drop rules, even if those regulations prevent illnesses, reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, or decrease the number of deaths and serious injuries in the workplace.”
Lately, the president notified business leaders he will probably trim down regulation by seventy five percent. OSHA watchers believe the new order, along with the Trump administration’s general anti-regulatory alignment, might signal a substantial shift in agency path. Possible focuses could possibly include OSHA’s controversial electronic record-keeping rule, which would most likely also make companies’ submitted injury and illness data accessible to the public on the internet.