OSHA's old “Standards Improvement Project” and Pres. Trump’s Efforts to Slash Regulations
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1 PM ET
Presented by Eric J. Conn and Dan C. Deacon
OSHA initiated a “Standards Improvement Project” (SIP) under the Clinton Admin. to make non-controversial changes to confusing, outdated or duplicative OSHA standards. There have been a series of SIP rulemakings since, culminating in SIP Phase IV, published by Obama’s OSHA late in 2016, which proposes numerous revisions to existing standards, including a change to OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard that is hardly non-controversial. Specifically, OSHA is attempting to use SIP to undo a judicial interpretation of “unexpected energization” that OSHA does not support; reading “unexpected” right out of the standard.
What Trump’s OSHA does with the LOTO proposal is a mystery, but what is more important is Trump’s recent Executive Orders that appear to put SIP on steroids. Trump has long stated that overregulation is hampering America’s economic growth, and plans for decreasing regulations have been a high priority in his 100-day action plan. Trump signed the “2-for-1” order that requires federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement, and another order directing federal agencies to create “regulatory reform” task forces to evaluate federal rules and recommend whether to keep, repeal or change them. Trump intends for these task forces to reduce what it deems expensive or unnecessary rules. OSHA rules may be on the chopping block.
Participants in this webinar will learn about:
- The origins and intent of the Standards Improvement Project
- A controversial proposal to remove “unexpected energization” from OSHA’s LOTO Standard
- Pres. Trump’s two executive orders designed to slash regulations