The annual ABA Midwinter OSHA Committee Meeting always provides insight into where OSHA, MSHA, the DOL Solicitors and other agencies will be heading. As a frequent speaker and longtime member of this group, I’ll tweet updates throughout this week’s sessions, including the Asst. Secretary of Labor for OSHA and others.
While non-Californians understandably view the California legal system as more complicated and punitive, until recently, upper leadership and a lack of money made Cal-OSHA more reasonable than its written rules suggested. However, Fed-OSHA has continued to push State OSHA Plans to conform with its more punitive approach, and that “push,” combined with a different governor, has resulted in more punitive Cal-OSHA approaches.