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Kline, Walberg Request Information on OSHA's Proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Dear Assistant Secretary Michaels:

We strongly support and share the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) commitment to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.  Accordingly, any proposed regulations issued by OSHA ultimately must contribute to the goal of safer and healthier workplaces.  To that end, we request information regarding OSHA’s work to create a new federal regulatory program, entitled the “Injury and Illness Prevention Program” (I2P2), to understand how this program will improve the health and safety of American workers. 

I2P2 was initially listed as a regulatory action in DOL’s Spring 2010 Unified Agenda. OSHA’s information gathering phase for I2P2 appears to have begun during fiscal year (FY) 2010.  According to OSHA’s FY 2012 Congressional Budget Justification: “[In FY 2010, OSHA] spent considerable resources on longer term projects that lay the foundation for regulatory activity in future years.  In particular, OSHA initiated the rulemaking for the I2P2 standard as part of [the Department of Labor’s (DOL)] effort to inject into the regulatory agenda the Department’s core values to plan, prevent, and protect.” OSHA held informal meetings with stakeholders during the summer of 2010.

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