OSHA's robust agenda

With the arrival of spring, you probably are anxiously anticipating a substantial increase in business during the coming months that could act as a much-needed economic springboard for the remainder of 2010 and beyond. However, you also should anticipate increased Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) activity.

The diminished construction activity that has marked the recent past has not dampened OSHA's resolve to set a robust regulatory agenda and step up its compliance and enforcement efforts. Even limited success by OSHA to transform the regulatory landscape or increase enforcement will demand greater vigilance by roofing contractors regarding training efforts and revised work practices.

In a January speech to the Small Business Administration, OSHA's new assistant secretary of labor, David Michaels, stated the agency is focused on re-energizing several proposed OSHA standards that have been "stuck in the pipeline" for some timeā€”the most conspicuous being its cranes standard.