OSHA Update: Sequester Impacts, PELs RFP

Public health and IH summer interns aren’t being hired this year because the agency can’t pay them, Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels said Tuesday.

MONTREAL -- The federal sequester has had a “significant” but not devastating impact on OSHA, Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, said during a Tuesday morning AIHce 2013 discussion with a predecessor at the agency, John Henshaw, CIH.

“It’s significant,” Michaels said when asked by Henshaw how the across-the-board federal budget cuts have affected OSHA. “Most obvious to the people at this meeting – we’d normally send 35-40 people to this meeting. We sent less than 10 people to this meeting … only people who had to be here. That’s a huge loss for us.”

He said he decided early on not to furlough OSHA employees, mentioning that EPA is doing an agency-wide furlough this Friday. While OSHA has not cut enforcement or services to small businesses, consultation funds, VPP, and state funds have been hurt, Michaels said.

“I think not being able to come to meetings like this will really set us back,” he said later. He said OSHA was unable to hire public health and IH students as summer interns this year because it can’t pay them.

Michaels said OSHA will publish a request for proposals in the next few months asking for input on how it can update the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). He urged the industrial hygiene community to weigh in when the RFP is published. “How should we go about addressing this, given that we have a system that doesn’t really work?” he asked.

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.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • 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.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue