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Hartzler Protects Small Business, Rolls Back Regulatory Burden

April 22, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today introduced legislation to protect small businesses by giving them time to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) codes rather than facing an immediate arbitrary fine for non-serious violations.

“Some of the OSHA fines that small businesses have been slapped with recently are bizarre.  Facing an immediate fine – sometimes up to $7,000 - because a yellow line was not painted 10 feet from the edge of a flat roof, or because the emergency eye wash water was too cold is silly,” Hartzler said.  “This seems to be a case of the federal government using minor, trivial rules to make it harder for manufacturers to produce American-made products.”

“There has been a pattern of this administration targeting our small businesses,” Hartzler added.  “These enterprising individuals don't need to be hampered, they need to be unleashed.  This legislation would require OSHA to allow a business to come into compliance with code in a reasonable amount of time, should an infraction be found.  Worker safety is a high priority of mine, so this legislation does not apply to repeat or willful violations or those that are serious in nature.  This legislation is designed to promote an environment where businesses constantly improve worker safety while being able to use their resources to continue boost the economy and create jobs.

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.