Proposed OSHA Rule Supports Employees’ Rights During Inspections

The move would clarify guidelines for designating representatives, enhancing fairness and effectiveness in OSHA inspections.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule regarding employee rights to designate a representative to accompany Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers during workplace inspections. The rule was published in the Federal Register on April 1.

“Worker involvement in the inspection process is essential for thorough and effective inspections and making workplaces safer,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “The Occupational Safety and Health Act gives employers and employees equal opportunity for choosing representation during the OSHA inspection process, and this rule returns us to the fair, balanced approach Congress intended.”

The rule, which will take effect on May 31, 2024, clarifies that non-employee representatives accompanying compliance officers must be reasonably necessary for a thorough inspection. This revision is in response to a 2017 court decision, which affirmed OSHA’s discretion in determining who can serve as an employee representative in the inspection process.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Secretary Parker to be led by the Lord as he heads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • For discernment for Acting Secretary Julie Su as she oversees the Labor Department.

Sources: Department of Labor


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