Saturday, June 17, 2006

Will Foulke's OSHA Set More Standards?

New administrator talks about OSHA adjenda ...

"As OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. makes the rounds at the major occupational safety and health conferences, he's making it a point to touch upon some similar (and safe) themes: his passion for safety, his low tolerance for safety scofflaws and his desire to improve OSHA's image.

But yesterday's Q&A with the press corps on hand at the American Society of Safety Engineers' 2006 Conference and Exposition in Seattle was Foulke's first stab at publicly tackling some meatier issues.

Foulke stumbled on a few questions, but for the most part seemed relatively at ease fielding media inquiries on topics ranging from OSHA's enforcement posture to its regulatory agenda.

Foulke fell back on a few boilerplate responses – he was quick to point out that "one fatality is too many" – but in some of his more substantive responses he hinted that a more aggressive standard-setting agenda could be on the horizon.

Referring to OSHA's effort to update 29 CFR 1926 – the Cranes and Derricks standard – Foulke said: "I've been looking at Cranes and Derricks, because I want to move that along."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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