Safety & Health Program Rule Delayed

It's little surprise that 18- to 34-year-olds are at the heart of a nationwide increase in illegal drug use, and the manufacturing industry traditionally draws heavily from this pool of job seekers.

OSHA will more than likely delay the release of its proposed safety and health program rule to gather more statistical data and complete more analysis, OSHA Administrator Charles Jeffress said.

"We have not decided whether to appeal CCP but it will force us to look at what a standard is and it will certainly impact the safety and health program rule," said Jeffress.

The rule was supposed to go to the Office of Management and Budget for review at the end of April.

In a recent decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Program was, in essence, a standard, in part because it requires employers to establish a safety and health program in the workplace.

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