OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) white paper outlines its enhanced focus on preventing workplace injuries. The I2P2 rule, which was first introduced by the Obama Administration in 2010, is intended to create a federal program that would identify all workplace safety hazards on their own and take action to resolve them. A handful of states, including California, Minnesota and Washington, have laws on the books that requiring employers to have a written health and safety plan to deal with workplace accidents. OSHA has also announced it intends to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) in the next few months. The SBREFA process allows small businesses to discuss the implications of I2P2. ABA supports a safe working environment but is concerned with the over-reaching implications this rule may have.
This issue falls under the ABA Safety (Workplace) Committee.
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