IEC Submits Testimony on OSHA Circumvention of Regulatory Process
On Tuesday, February 4, IEC submitted written testimony for the record to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing “OSHA's Regulatory Agenda: Changing Long-Standing Policies Outside the Public Rulemaking Process.” The hearing focus was recent actions taken by OSHA to regulate by other means without issuing rules through the formal public comment and review process.
In our submission to the committee, IEC highlighted concerns with OSHA’s February 2013 letter of interpretation expanding participation in worksite inspections to union representatives, which puts both the safety of IEC members’ employees and proprietary business information at great risk, compromises the integrity of safety inspections, and opens up merit shop employers to union coercion. IEC also made note of OSHA’s practice of citing employers for perceived violations of voluntary consensus standards for the electrical industry that it has not formally adopted through the rulemaking process.
The full comments can be viewed here.