Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today voted in support of H.J.Res 83, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” The measure passed by a vote of 231 to 191. This legislation will overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) overreach by blocking the implementation of the “Volks” rule and prevent future administrations from writing similar rules.
“The unilateral establishment of the ‘Volks’ rule was a major overreach by the Obama administration,” said Faso. “Instead of finding new ways to promote health and safety for workers, the regulation creates more red tape for employers, diverting their attention from protecting their employees to managing piles of paperwork.”
“Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for taking action to nullify the Obama administration’s overreaching ‘Volks’ rule,” said ABC VP for Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen. “ABC members understand the value of sound regulations; however, this rulemaking does nothing to improve workplace safety and is simply a paperwork burden that contradicts the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the rulings of two federal appeals courts.”
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), employers are required to record and maintain a log of workplace injuries and illnesses that occur during a five-year span. The law explicitly states that employers can only be cited for record-keeping violations within a six-month time period. During the final days of the Obama administration, OSHA rewrote the law and finalized the “Volks” rule, which extends the threat of penalty up to five years.