OSHA Regulations Put On Hold: Manufacturing Industry Reacts

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been in the crosshairs of the Trump administration since the President took office. The agency is accused of burdening U.S. manufacturing with overreaching and intrusive regulations resulting in a sluggish manufacturing industry. President Trump has been vocal about his willingness to lift unfair and restrictive regulations which impede manufacturers ability to work within the United States. Now, Federal workplace safety regulators have added several more measures to the list of rules postponed by the Trump administration.

OSHA will withdraw any new efforts to regulate worker exposure to combustible dust, construction noise and vehicles backing up in factories and construction sites. The agency is also stepping back from updating how they adopt permissible exposure limits for chemicals. The regulatory agenda which released on July 20 states “resource constraints and other priorities” are the cause of these abandoned new rules and regulations.

In particular, the dust rule was one that business groups strongly disagreed with as they considered it to be extremely burdensome.

“This suggests that the agency is taking a responsible approach to regulating and trying to focus on those areas where there is the most need, and to do so in a way that respects the various interests at stake,” Marc Freedman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told Bloomberg. (http://bit.ly/2uFMV5o)

The agency is still on track with other workplace safety rules however. Some of the regulations still on the schedule include regulating communications towers and industrial trucks. These regulations are widely supported by industry groups Bloomberg noted, unlike the aforementioned regulations.

Many are concerned over the state of OSHA since the new administration took power. However, more regulations don’t always mean a safer industry. If regulations are put in place without justifiable means, all they accomplish is slowing down business. Instituting regulations that have a clear and decisive impact on the safety of industrial employees are absolutely essential but overly burdensome restrictions can have a severe impact on the entire economy.

MFG Talk Radio will be watching these developments closely. Be sure to check back for the latest information on OSHA and future regulations that could affect the manufacturing industry in the future.