There’s soon going to be an informal stakeholder meeting to welcome and discuss comments regarding the effectiveness of various Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)-approved State Plans.
The bottom line is that officials are looking into these plans’ effectiveness. Safety officials want to make sure that they’re as good, if not better, than the Federal OSHA program. The federal laws were put into effect during through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to help to prevent work accidents in Asheville and elsewhere. State Plans govern work safety standards and federal officials need to make sure that these plans are up to par. This is also an excellent time for individuals to come together to discuss improvements that can be made to these plans.
In addition to examining state laws and their effectiveness, officials will also be looking to gather info on various activity-based indicators. The meeting will also look at how officials with OSHA can use these kinds of indicators to look over the functionality and effectiveness of each State Plan. This meeting will be held on the 25th of June in Washington D.C.
Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys understand that federal and state safety laws are important in helping to keep workers safe on the job. Employers are not only encouraged but they’re legally obligated to follow these rules and regulations to keep work places and employees safe on the job. Employers need to be held accountable for their actions and assessing State Plans and enforcement of rules and regulations is one of the best ways to do just that. OSHA officials not only overlook the federal work place safety laws, but it’s also responsible for improving and keeping up with State Plans.
Right now, 27 states throughout the country are running under their own OSHA-approved state workplace health and safety plans. Within these states, there are more than 22 territories and states that operate comprehensive State Plans that cover the private sector and local and state government workers and employers. There are also 5 territories and states that operate under State Plans that cover public sector employees only.
When: June 25th.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N-3437, Washington, DC 20210.
How to get involved: Enter a notice of intent by facsimile, electronically or through hard copy before the 11th of June. See the Federal Register notice for details.
Holding meetings like this one is very important. Rules, laws and regulations are key in making sure that employers are doing the most that they can to provide safe work places for all of their employees. Companies and employers need to be held responsible and strict enforcement is encouraged by local, state and federal officials. Everyone has a right to a safe work environment and it’s our responsibility as U.S. workers to make sure that our employers are working to uphold these standards.
Contact the Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case and your rights if you or a loved one has been injured in at work in Asheville or elsewhere in the Carolinas. Call today to schedule a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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