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DOL Proposes Revisions to Workplace Inspections

The DOL seeks public, stakeholder comments on the proposed changes.

September 5, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations regarding workplace inspections.

The proposed rule change seeks to clarify who can be authorized by employees to act as their representative to accompany the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers during physical workplace inspections. According to the updated regulations, employees can authorize an existing employee or a non-employee third party. These outside representatives may be deemed reasonably necessary because they have skills, knowledge, or experience that might aid the OSHA officer’s inspection.

“Congress considered worker participation a key element of workplace safety and health inspections when it passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” said Doug Parker, DOL assistant secretary for occupational safety and health. “This proposal aims to make inspections more effective and ultimately make workplaces safer by increasing opportunities for employees to be represented in the inspection process.”

Those who wish to submit comments on the proposed revisions may do so electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by referencing Docket Number OSHA-2023-0008.

The announcement came concurrent with another proposed revision that would give more than 3.6 million Americans who are considered to be salaried workers to receive overtime pay. Check out DOL Proposes to Restore and Extend Overtime Protections to learn more. 

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