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Text of the Congressional Occupational Safety and Health Act

This bill was introduced on July 13, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 13, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4739 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4739

To extend certain requirements and standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to the legislative branch.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JULY 13, 1994

Mrs. BYRNE introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Education and Labor and House Administration


A BILL

To extend certain requirements and standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to the legislative branch.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; PURPOSE.

    (a) SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the ‘Congressional Occupational Safety and Health Act’.

    (b) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this Act to assure, so far as is possible, that each employee of the legislative branch is provided safe and healthful working conditions.

SEC. 2. COMPLIANCE.

    Each employing authority in the legislative branch shall comply with the requirements of section 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the occupational safety and health standards under section 6 of such Act.

SEC. 3. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXPERT.

    The Comptroller General shall by contract procure the services of a consultant, which shall be selected on the basis of such consultant’s training, expertise, and experience in matters relating to the identification and correction of workplace safety and health hazards, particularly under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

SEC. 4. FUNCTIONS.

    It shall be the function of the consultant--

      (1) to disseminate, collect, and analyze appropriately designed checklists or information-gathering forms, the purpose of which shall be to help evaluate the degree to which workplaces within the legislative branch are in compliance or noncompliance with the requirements of section 5, and the standards of section 6, of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; and

      (2) to provide technical assistance and information, upon request, to persons within the legislative branch with respect to the identification and correction of workplace safety and health hazards, and other related issues.

SEC. 5. REPORTS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Information under section 4(1)--

      (1) shall be collected on such periodic basis as necessary to permit the timely preparation of reports under this section;

      (2) shall be analyzed with particular regard to the degree to which any instances of noncompliance previously identified under this Act have been mitigated or corrected; and

      (3) shall be included in a written report, which shall be made available for public inspection.

    (b) FREQUENCY-

      (1) FIRST REPORT- The first report under this section shall be completed within 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, or as soon thereafter as practicable.

      (2) SUBSEQUENT REPORTS- Subsequent reports under this section shall be completed every 2 years thereafter.

SEC. 6. BUDGET ACT COMPLIANCE.

    The authority to enter into any contract under this Act shall be effective for any fiscal year only to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in advance in appropriation Acts.