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Advocacy News Release

Chief Counsel Applauds OSHA Withdrawal of Rule

Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Contact: 
Patrick Morris (202) 205-6941

Advocacy-OSHA to Hold Meeting to Seek Small Business Input

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant today applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to withdraw, at least temporarily, from OMB review a proposed rule to require employers to report work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on their OSHA 300 Logs (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The temporary withdrawal of the rule will allow Advocacy and OSHA to convene a stakeholder meeting to garner additional input from small businesses on this important issue.

“When it comes to crafting federal regulations, the input of small business is invaluable. This Advocacy-OSHA meeting on MSD reporting will provide the opportunity for small businesses to voice their concerns on this critical issue,” said Sargeant. “For over 30 years the Office of Advocacy has worked on behalf of small businesses to ensure that their voice is heard within the federal rule making process.”

On March 30, 2010, Advocacy filed comments on OSHA’s purposed rule recommending that OSHA reassess its cost assumptions concerning this rule. A link to the Advocacy’s letter can be found at http://archive.sba.gov/advo/laws/comments/osha10_0330.pdf and a fact sheet summarizing Advocacy’s letter can be found at http://archive.sba.gov/advo/laws/comments/factsosha10_0330.pdf.

Advocacy and OSHA are working together to develop the meeting agenda and how interested parties can participate. Details will be provided when they become available.

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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information, visit http://www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.