Plumbing and Mechanical

Reform Bills Level OSHA Playing Field

August 1, 2005
Four OSHA reform bills were recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, which will level the playing field for small businesses when defending themselves against complaints. H.R. 739 extends the deadline for small business to respond to OSHA charges; H.R. 740 ensures small businesses have the right to a speedy trial; H.R. 741 restores the right to appeal to an independent court; and H.R. 742 allows small employers to recover attorneys' fees when they successfully defend against an OSHA citation.