OSHA looks at raising permissible exposure limits across the board.
A group is trying to come up with a legislative plan for updating PELs in response to a request by House workforce protections subcommittee chair, Charlie Norwood (R-GA). The group is expected to recommend that Congress pass legislation calling for OSHA to set up a negotiated rulemaking committee for updating PELs, but the details remain in flux.
It is still unclear whether there will be enough desire in Congress and the business community to push this through. At a time when manufacturing has lost more than 2.5 million jobs, this plan could do more damage to the U.S. economy. Companies moving overseas to escape the staggering costs of government regulations are often cited as a major reason for the loss of jobs.
Now reaching $860 billion, U.S. regulatory costs exceed the Gross Domestic Product of Canada. The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that per-employee regulatory costs amount to $7000 for small firms. Throw taxes and spiking health insurance costs into the mix and it's easy to understand the manufacturers' migration overseas.
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|Title Annotation:||Washington Alert; Occupational Safety and health Administration|
|Comment:||OSHA looks at raising permissible exposure limits across the board.(Washington Alert; Occupational Safety and health Administration)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2003|
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