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Posted by: 4. February 2014

VIDEO: PMPA Testifies on OSHA’s Proposed Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

You are busy enough running your shop and serving customers, so PMPA prepared comments and went to Washington to represent the small manufacturing companies like yours about what they thought the proposed rules impact would be.

These were the three broad themes:

1. No safety or health outcome benefit for workers has been established;

2. Online reporting will discourage recruitment of employees to manufacturing careers;

3. It encourages employees, not only employers, to mask injuries and illnesses. An unexpected outcome because of changes to worker deductibles in their health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act may result in a spike of false "at work" injuries being reported from employees with non-work related injuries who may balk at personally paying their new high deductibles for emergency care.

PMPA provided formal comments prior to the meeting. This video above captures the association's additional comments to the panel at the informal hearing.

Here is PMPA's back-of-the-envelope calculation to disprove the agency's "$9" per small shop cost of implementing the proposed rule.

 

The PMPA remains puzzled as to why this administration would throw an obstacle like this to dissuade people from careers in manufacturing with the current dire job situation by providing numeric injury and illness rates publically without any context for understanding. 

 

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