Mark Costello to Address OSHA

Back in November I asked the question “What do you think about this move?” at the end of my posts addressing OSHA new proposal to have companies post injury reports online and make them visible to everyone.

Mark Costello, the Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, although he didn’t answer that question on my blog (What’s up with that Mark?) apparently does have an opinion on the matter. He feels so strongly about it, it seems that he’s plans to testify against it today.

According to an Associated Press article posted earlier this week, Mr. Costello is quoted as saying “What is coming out under the federal government today is something which is unprecedented and unproven and, in my opinion, universally unwelcome. It creates an incentive for some people to be dishonest [and] would allow lawyers to solicit business, it would diminish entrepreneurial activity, job creation. It’s fraught with peril.”

While OSHA hopes that public posting of illness and injuries will make companies more responsible with regards to the safety and health of their employees, others see it as little else than public shaming. That’s not going to have the desired results, they claim.

The debate is far from over but it will certainly interesting to hear how OSHA responds to Mr. Costello’s statements which he was scheduled to deliver yesterday morning in Washington DC.


NIOSH seeking your input on IDLH values

From the CDC website:

“In 1974, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly initiated the Standards Completion Program (SCP). The intent of this program was to develop occupational health standards consistent the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 for substances with then-existing OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs). As part of the respirator selection process for each draft technical standard, Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) values were determined for each chemical. The purpose of deriving an IDLH value was to provide guidance on respirator selection and to establish a maximum exposure concentration at which workers, in the event of respiratory protection failure (e.g., contaminant breakthrough in a cartridge respirator or stoppage of air flow in a supplied-air respirator), could escape safely when the exposure was below the IDLH value.”

Public Review

The external review of the draft CIB has been (1) developed in accordance with OMB guidelines, (2) is consistent with NIOSH peer review practice, and (3) is meant to ensure that credible and appropriate science is used in the derivation of IDLH values.

Written comments on the document will be accepted through March 15, 2011 in accordance with the instructions below. All material submitted to NIOSH should reference Docket Number NIOSH-156. All electronic comments should be formatted as Microsoft Word and make reference to docket number NIOSH-156.

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 15, 2011

To submit comments, go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket/review/docket156/default.html