Comments and votes are being accepted on the DOL online portal until April 8.

Time's Running Out to Comment on Existing DOL Regs

The Labor Department opened an online portal March 16 to accept comments about its existing significant regulations. The opportunity will end April 8.

The U.S. Labor Department's online portal to accept public comments about its existing significant regulations has been open for about three weeks. The site indicates 850 people had registered and 1,244 votes had been submitted about 17 comments as of Saturday afternoon; the final day for comments is April 8, according to DOL. Sixty ideas also had been submitted by Saturday afternoon.

Comments leading in votes on Saturday afternoon concerned ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, an important federal law setting standards for pension and health plans in private industry. The portal's address is www.dol.gov/regulations/regreview.htm, but the address where comments are posted and available and vote totals posted is http://dolregs.ideascale.com/.

DOL says the portal is meant to be a "starting point for discussion of the criteria that can be used to prioritize its regulatory review," which is being made in response to President Obama's Executive Order 13563 on improving regulation and regulatory review.

One of the few comments concerning OSHA or MSHA is this one: "On 9/2/04, my father was involved in a workplace incident that eventually took his life. OSHA investigated and cited my father's employer for 7 serious and 1 willful violation. The case was settled for a $102,500 fine! My father was taken from us way too soon all because of a willful violation with a $102,500 fine for a company that had net income for 2004 of $15.7 billion. Fines and penalties must be adjusted for inflation and be large enough to deter practices that put workers lives at risk. The average fine for a worker fatality is $5,000 and on average 14 workers die on the job every day."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus