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Obama Official Faults Trump OSHA's Softer Tone In Enforcement Releases

July 30, 2018
A former senior OSHA official is faulting a softening in tone in the agency's announcements of workplace safety violations, arguing that strong language is necessary to maximize the deterrent effect of OSHA enforcement actions, though industry attorneys long opposed the Obama-era press release policy as unnecessary “regulation by shaming." In a July 19 post to his blog Confined Space , Jordan Barab, OSHA's deputy chief during the Obama administration, contends that a recent OSHA Region 7 press release announcing an...

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