Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Congress Gets Dose of Its Own Medicine

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Congress Gets Dose of Its Own Medicine

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After years of imposing rules and regulations on the private sector, the U.S. Congress has passed a bill that will apply 11 laws, including the OSH Act, to its own ranks.

The Congressional Accountability Act passed with overwhelming support early in the session, with the Senate voting 98-1 in its favor, and the House 429-0. President Clinton quickly signed it into law.

Although the bill's OSH Act provision will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 1997, between now and then, the Architect of the Capitol is charged with identifying and correcting safety and health hazards.

Beginning in 1997, the Office of Compliance will be responsible for conducting random inspections of all congressional facilities at least once each Congress and for issuing citations when necessary. Congressional employees can request inspections at any time.

Deadlines for abatement, according to the law, will be set no later than the fiscal year following citation so that Congress can appropriate necessary funds. …

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