I’m sure many of you saw President Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Relief earlier this week. In sum, the EO authorizes federal agencies to continue any suspensions of regulatory activity that were extending during the pandemic through the duration of the recovery. Further, it provides a pathway for making such regulatory reductions permanent should they have overall economic and societal benefits.
ACMA’s Regulatory Steering Committee will review this EO and identify possible impacts on our industry at an upcoming meeting. Please contact John Schweitzer or myself directly if your company has been subject to any regulatory relief activities during COVID-19 and would benefit from them being made permanent.
OSHA recently provided this guidance on enforcement of its Standard on Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness, specifically for cases of COVID-19. According to the guidance, under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and thus employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if:
• The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5
• The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7
Finally, the CDC has released extensive details on their efforts in support of the White House framework for reopening. While it is not directed at manufacturing businesses specifically, it provides a closer look at the public considerations that need to be made for easing restrictions and may help your business plan for operations in the future.
Director, Government Affairs
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ACMA Town Hall with Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI-11)
Friday, May 29 at 11 am EDT
Representing the suburban Detroit area, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI-11) is a rising star in the Democratic Party and one of the strongest national voices for the composites industry. As chair of the Research and Technology Subcommittee, she has direct jurisdiction over critical composites research at NIST, NASA, NSF and other agencies. Her signature legislation, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act which was signed into law in December, strengthened America’s manufacturing economy and created a pathway for permanent funding for IACMI and other critical manufacturing research institutions. She is also a lead sponsor of two ACMA legislative priorities, the Aeronautics Innovation Act and the Vehicle Innovation Act.
In this town hall with ACMA members, she will provide an update on the Congressional response to the COVID-19 crisis and plans by leaders on Capitol Hill to jumpstart the manufacturing economy, as well as insights on the Congressional agenda for the rest of 2020.
Latest Industry Resources:
- Executive Order on Regulatory Relief
- OSHA Guidance on Reporting COVID-19
- CDC Initiatives for Re-opening
- PPP Foreign Employee Rule
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Information
- OSHA/CDC Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers
Keep up to date by watching ACMA’s resource page here.