OSHA released an update to their regulatory agenda on May 23, 2014, and there’s one change that’s caused quite a few raised eyebrows. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule (known as I2P2), once heralded as a top priority, has been demoted to a long-term action. I2P2 would require employers to create an injury and illness prevention program, with the goal of identifying and attempting to eliminate workplace hazards and create a safer work environment. Sounds great! So what happened?
The rulemaking process for I2P2 has seen numerous delays since it was first introduced, yet OSHA chief David Michaels has repeatedly claimed over the years that I2P2 is of the utmost importance to the agency. This latest move seems to contradict those claims, leaving many businesses unsure what to make of these mixed signals.
I2P2 emerged on the horizon early in David Michaels’ career as the Assistant Secretary … Read more...