In national news:

The U.S. Department of Labor, under DOL Secretary Alexander Acosta, has released its five-year strategic plan including OSHA’s strategic objectives for the next four years. Key points are similar to those under the Obama administration regional and national emphasis programs, enforcement and deterrence, and targeting of “bad actors and recalcitrant employers.” There is also a new emphasis on increasing enrollment in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). According to Fred Hosier of Safety News Alert though, the change in priorities has to do with tone, specifically, less use of “public shaming” of employers who violate safety standards via news releases.

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