ACMA submitted comments February 28 in response to an Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposed rule on workplace injury recordkeeping, and to a separate OSHA request for comments on its process safety management standard. The association also encouraged member companies to alert their elected representatives regarding potential unwarranted impacts under OSHA’s proposed new regulations.
In response to an OSHA proposal to require electronic submission of the workplace injury and illness data employers already collect, ACMA agreed in its comments that providing these data to OSHA should allow the agency to better target compliance assistance and enforcement programs. However, ACMA strongly objected to OSHA’s proposal to make these safety incident data available to the public, because public release of the information is likely to cause reputational harm and other adverse impacts that are out of proportion to any actual deficits in employers’ safety programs.
OSHA also recently issued a request for information on the agency’s process safety management (PSM) standard, asking specifically for comments on a possible expansion of the standard to cover facilities with bulk storage of flammable liquids and storage or processing of “reactive” materials. Either change would likely capture composites manufacturers under the burdensome and costly PSM standard. ACMA argued in its comments that composites manufacturing operation do not present sufficient risk of serious accident to warrant requirements for PSM compliance.
More information is available at the Composites Advocacy Center.