Pennsylvania seems to increase OSHA protections to public-sector employees

Harrisburg, PA — Pennsylvania will discover the potential of offering OSHA protections to employees within the public sector, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has introduced.

In line with an April 11 press launch from the governor’s workplace, the state’s Division of Labor and Trade, its Workplace of Administration, and Indiana College of Pennsylvania will conduct a feasibility examine to research the potential prices and advantages of the motion. The examine is anticipated to be accomplished within the fall.

Wolf mandated the examine by way of an Executive Order signed in October as a part of “actions that advance employee protections in Pennsylvania.”

Within the launch, he provides: “Pennsylvania’s state- and local-government staff present essential providers to each neighborhood within the commonwealth – and carry out among the most harmful jobs – however are usually not protected with the identical security requirements that apply to private-sector workplaces. Cops, firefighters, lecturers, upkeep employees, wastewater remedy plant operators, corrections officers, well being care professionals, youngster welfare caseworkers and workplace employees of each variety deserve the identical degree of protections afforded to their private-sector friends.”

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is contemplating laws that will make OSHA laws relevant to public-sector employees: S.B 310 and H.B. 1976. Each payments are earlier than their respective legislative our bodies’ Labor and Trade Committee.


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