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Playing It Safe

Congress' proposed SAFE Act may shelter small businesses from OSHA.

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This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The people at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must feel much like the Union troops in Gettysburg did while watching successive waves of Confederate troops storm up Cemetery Ridge. During the past few Congresses, Republicans have led relentless attacks on the workplace safety agency.

Now Rep. Jim Talent (R-MO), chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, is leading what may be the political equivalent of Pickett's charge with his introduction of the Safety Advancement for Employees (SAFE) Act. Though SAFE has gained some congressional support in recent months, the general feeling is that President Clinton will not likely back the act.

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