Presentation on theme: "Protecting Worker Health “The Washington Buzz” The Washington “Buzz” MI IH Society Conference October 16, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Protecting Worker Health “The Washington Buzz” The Washington “Buzz” MI IH Society Conference October 16, 2012
Protecting Worker Health A Look At Congress Why It’s Difficult Leadership in House Education and Workforce Cmte Rep. Walberg – SubCmte Chair Subcommittee has 9 Rep. and 6 Dem. 6 of 8 Republicans are in first term 1 of 5 Democrats returning
Protecting Worker Health Congress and the Budget FY12 Appropriated$565.8m Final FY12$564.8m (Rescission) FY 13 Proposed$565.5m Continuing Resolution for 6 months (+.6%)
Protecting Worker Health Congress and the Budget Positives - Maintain VPP Funding Whistleblower+$4.8m S&H Standards+$1.0m Negatives - Cut 3 of 10 Regional Offices Fed. Compliance-$3.2m Technical Support-$0.9m Fed. Enforcement-$0.7m S&H Statistics-$0.4m
Protecting Worker Health Congress and the Budget FY 12 Appropriated$374m FY12 Final$372m FY13 Proposed$375m FY 12 Final $8.449 B FY13 Proposed$8.344 B
Protecting Worker Health Congress and the Budget FY12 Appropriated$293.6m FY12 Final$292.6m Full funding for ERCs Full funding for AFF FY13 Proposed$ m No Funding for ERCs No Funding for AFF
Protecting Worker Health Congress and the Budget The “Fiscal Cliff” The Perfect Storm Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts Social Security Withholding Sequestration OSHA – Lose $46 million (8.2%) (81 FTEs?) - $524 million MSHA – Lose $31 million – (8.2%) $352 million NIOSH - ? – But CDC losing 8.2% = $464 million
Protecting Worker Health Legislation in Congress Recordkeeping Combustible Dust TSCA Reform Safe patient Handling OSHA Reform VPP Codification Regulatory Reform The only one to be discussed
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency More Activity – Same Result? Pre-Rule – I2P2 Lookback on Chemicals (PELs) RFI Proposed – Silica Improved Tracking Final – Confined Spaces Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency GHS – Final Hazards Not Otherwise Classified (Combustible Dust?) TLVs – Continue to be Referenced Two Lawsuits Pending I2P2 - #1 Priority SBA Review (Soon – Who Knows?) Proposal (Within 6 months – Who Knows?) GOP Threatens to use CRA
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency Still Waiting Combustible Dust – ANPR in ’09 SBREFA 04/11 No Final Date But Covered by GHS Silica At OMB (since 02/11) Issue is Dead. Compromise?
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency Still Waiting Diacetyl – Working with NIOSH Recordkeeping/Reporting Electronic Records (Sent to OMB) Notification Issues MSD Recording (Pulled)
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency Still Waiting Noise Interpretation (Pulled) Feasibility Admin & Eng. vs PPE Consultation Changes Changeover to Inspection Underreporting Incentives?
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency What About VPP? OSHA says it needs fixing GAO Report OSHA Internal Report Does OSHA Really Support? State Plans? Still Relevant? OSHA Supportive?
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency And the Biggie – ERGONOMICS! Safe Patient Handling MSD Column I2P2 General Duty Clause
Protecting Worker Health At the Agency Anything Positive Ergonomics IAQ Diacetyl NIOSH Should it be Moved?
Protecting Worker Health Other Issues Emerging Issues Green Chemistry Nanotechnology More Regulatory Reform Efforts OH&S and Health Care
Protecting Worker Health Other Issues AIHA Shortage of Professionals Long-Term Look at OSHA What’s the Future for OH&S PELs Federal Advisory Committee – Ex. Order? GAO Report Public Policy Survey Results
Protecting Worker Health The States Licensing – NY? Maryland Issue Michigan – Sanitarians Threats to Professions 350+ Titles Specialties
Protecting Worker Health The Future The 2012 Election Congress House Senate Presidential OSHA GOP Platform – Rein in Regulation Democrat Platform – Continue Regulatory and Enforcement
Protecting Worker Health Reality If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand. - Milton Friedman
Protecting Worker Health Thanks! Aaron K Trippler Director Government Affairs AIHA