H.R. 740, the “Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Efficiency Act,” would add two more administrative law judges to the three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), which hears appeals of violations. At its current size, the commission frequently has to delay hearings because it does not have a quorum. The measure is designed to address this problem.
H.R. 741, the “Occupational Safety and Health Independent Review of OSHA Citations Act,” would require judges to defer to the OSHRC when OSHA cases are appealed to the courts.
The four bills are identical to OSHA reform measures passed by the House last spring.
“These bills would improve workplace safety and help to level the playing field for small businesses that seek to defend themselves in OSHA actions that are brought against them,” said Wilson. “We urge the House to approve these measures and call on the Senate to introduce similar legislation.”
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For more information, e-mail Jenna Hamilton Morgan at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8407.
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