President Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget requested $564 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is $51 million (10%) more than it received in FY 2009. With this funding, the Labor Department plans to hire 160 new OSHA inspectors, many of whom will be bilingual to better communicate with the increasingly diverse employee population.
With increased funds and staffing typically comes more activity. If the past few months are any indication of the OSHA activity to come, employers had better buckle their seatbelts because they may be in for a wild OSHA ride.
In addition to introducing a new program that emphasizes the importance of record-keeping and stepping up safety inspections at high-risk industries, OSHA has proposed to revamp its hazard communication standard, recommended a review of all state-administered safety programs, and issued a record-breaking fine for safety v...(register to read more)