8 Ways To Give OSHA Feedback and Get Off The Sidelines

Much of what happens in the world is seemingly beyond our control. From oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico to financial collapse in Greece, even if one wanted to make a difference in events like these, the opportunities to effect change are limited for the average person.

Some companies and individuals have a similar feeling about the policies and procedures of OSHA and other regulatory agencies. For these companies and people, OSHA rules and regulations are things that happen to them. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Since the beginning of May, OSHA has issued no less than seven press releases calling for outside participation in their efforts to review or revise health and safety standards in several industries. The opportunities range from requests for comments to requests for nominations to serve on OSHA committees.

Anyone with a stake in the outcomes of OSHA regulations is invited to have a voice at the table. Anyone wanting to make a difference, or just feel a little less out of control, should consider jumping in the conversation.  Listed below are eight chances to get started now.

  1. US Department of Labor's OSHA holds series of stakeholder meetings on worker Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
  2. US Department of Labor's OSHA holds series of stakeholder meetings on modernization of injury and illness data collection system
  3. US Labor Department's OSHA requests information on exposure to infectious agents in health care settings:  Federal agency seeks to learn best practices in mitigating risks
  4. US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks to partner with local building inspectors Effort meant to lower construction fatalities
  5. OSHA bloodborne review looks at standard's value in protecting workers
  6. OSHA seeks members to serve on committee for improving construction workers' safety, health
  7. US Labor Department's OSHA publishes proposed rulemaking to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls on walking-working surfaces
  8. US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $8 million in new Susan Harwood Safety and Health Capacity Building Training Grants