OSHA Delay on Injury and Illness Rule a Major Win for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2016 – One day after the filing of a memorandum and emergency motion by the Manufacturers Center for Legal Action (MCLA) seeking to enjoin the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new injury and illness rule, the Department of Labor announced a delay in enforcement of the new rule until November 1, 2016. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement:

“Today’s delay of the effective date of the rule by the Department of Labor reaffirms manufacturers’ view that OSHA lacks the statutory authority to enforce this rule. This new rule is clearly more than a mere tweak to a major regulation — it will have costs, real-world impact and is fundamentally infeasible.

Manufacturers take pride in creating safe workplaces and are supportive of regulations that increase transparency, but this regulation does neither, and we look forward to continuing this fight in the courts.”

OSHA’s decision comes on the heels of the MCLA’s challenge to the rule in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The MCLA serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts, representing the more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The MCLA strategically engages in litigation as a direct party, intervenes in litigation important to manufacturers and weighs in as amicus curiae on important cases. To learn more about the MCLA, visit our website.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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