About James Thornton

James Thornton, CSP, CIH, FASSP is Chair, ASSP Government Affairs Committee. The ASSP Government Affairs Committee monitors issues related to OSHA and represents ASSP members and their interests. The committee works closely with ASSP staff and key connections inside the Beltway to advance the organization’s positions on emerging regulations, standards and other matters that could affect ASSP members and/or the profession. For more information, visit ASSP’s Government Affairs webpages, subscribe to the newsletter and log in to review the Government Affairs toolkit.

4 OSHA Issues to Follow in Early 2021

OSHA Developments in 2021

James Thornton, chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the American Society of Safety Professionals, offers his view of the issues facing the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2021, including agency leadership and reinvigorated standards activity.

(This blog is reprinted with permission from the American Society of Safety Professionals.)

It would be fascinating to travel into the future and see what history will say about 2020. As the year closed out, we all had experienced life-altering events that will be forever etched in our memories. Time will determine the impact of these events, but certainly “new normals” have and will be formed. Virtually every facet of our lives has changed – socially, financially and professionally.

The same is true of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals. Throughout our careers, we have used our education and skills to help workers return safely to their families at the end … Read more...