Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, directer Rick Engler, feels employers should be required to create joint labor/management committees that would have "the right to survey the workplace on a regular basis and to investigate accidents, near-accidents and exposures."
Rep. Donald Payne states "We should think of making these committees mandatory -- OSHA can't get around to every place,....unless you make it mandatory that they safeguard their workers, some employers are not going to do it"
Rep. Robert Andrews stated, "OSHA is asleep at the switch and I want to see them start enforcing the law, and Congress has to give real penalties. Most fines are only a few thousands dollars and almost never are there criminal penalties."
New Jersey Labor Commissioner David Socolow said, "OSHA penalties have ceased to be a meaningful threat that could change employer behavior; it's just a cost of doing business. We need to get every employer to feel that they really ought to create a real, true, worker-management safety and health committee."
UNITE-HERE Eric Frumin, "It should have been crystal clear to the owners and managers that the OSHA standard on confined spaces was important"