Senate votes to overturn OSHA recordkeeping rule

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The Senate has voted 50-48 in favor of a House bill that would return the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rule statute of limitations to its previous six-month status, The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCCA) has reported.

The “Volks Rule,” or OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation, extending OSHA’s ability to issue citations to employers for five years, wrote Chuck White, PHCCA’s vice-president of regulatory affairs.

The resolution passed the House of Representatives on March 1. The Senate adopted the resolution under the Congressional Review Act, an indication that Congress believed OSHA had exceeded its authority in issuing the final rule.

The last step is to have the bill signed by president Donald Trump, a step that he has signaled he intends to do.

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