The Missouri Chamber has sent a letter to Missouri’s congressional delegation urging support of US Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s HR-1932, which would provide relief to small businesses by giving them adequate time to comply with OSHA codes. This relief would prevent immediate and arbitrary fines for non-serious violations.
“Missouri’s economy thrives when Missouri’s small businesses thrive,” Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president, said. “This common-sense legislation will help our small businesses operate without fear of crippling fines for unintentional infractions.”
Rep. Hartzler’s bill is known as the OSHA Excessive Fine Relief Act, and the Missouri Chamber believes it will do just that. Small and large businesses alike are being hit with fines in the thousands of dollars for minor infractions, such as cold water in an eye wash station. Small businesses cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on trivial fines, and that could result in businesses closing.
“The goal should always be to manufacture and create more American products and American jobs, without creating more restrictions to hamper those trying to do so,” Mehan said.
HR-1932 will not change any OSHA codes or affect their ability to dole out punishment for offending companies, especially with repeated offenders or those willfully creating unsafe work environments. This bill simply creates and maintains the current level of worker protection and provides relief to small businesses in the case of small infraction and arbitrary fines.
If this bill passes it will create an environment where business can improve their safety plans and environments without being in constant fear of fines draining their income.
For more information please contact Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-634-3511.