2003 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
Following is The Business Council's 2003 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2003.
- Support legislation to license occupational safety and hygiene professionals. Strongly oppose any effort by the state to develop and implement its own state OSHA plan.
- Oppose legislation that would place restrictions on the use of, or set state-level equipment standards for VDT's in the workplace.
- Oppose legislation that would impose state-level regulations in areas pre-empted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. For example, oppose legislation that would mandate that employers provide medical monitoring services for all employees within broad occupational categories.
- Propose and support amendments to the state's asbestos abatement law to make it more risk-based by exempting from regulation those activities and materials which do not pose a threat.
- Continue to monitor activities of the New York State Occupational Health Clinics Network and to promote business participation on local OHCN advisory committees.