Skip to comments.Gun Control - OSHA's covert role (Vanity)
Posted on 11/21/2007 7:10:08 AM PST by PapaBear3625
In a thread yesterday, I noticed a reference to a federal judge in Oklahoma who struck down an Oklahoma law that would have permitted employees to have their guns in their vehicles in company parking lots, on the basis that the OK legislation violated federal law:
Kern decided in a 93-page written order issued Thursday that the amendments to the Oklahoma Firearms Act and the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, which were to go into effect in 2004, conflict with a federal law meant to protect employees at their jobs.Well, isn't that interesting?
Kern said the amendments "criminally prohibit an effective method of reducing gun-related workplace injuries and cannot co-exist with federal obligations and objectives." [...]
Kern concluded that the proposed changes to Oklahoma law conflict with -- and are legally pre-empted by -- the 1970 Occupational Health and Safety Act.
That federal law requires employers to lessen hazards in their workplaces that could lead to death or serious bodily harm. The measure also encourages employers to prevent gun-related workplace injuries.
Looking further, we see this from OSHA: 09/13/2006 - Request for OSHA national policy banning guns from the workplace and OSHA enforcement policy regarding workplace violence.:
While generally deferring to other federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies to regulate workplace homicides, OSHA did develop an enforcement policy with regard to workplace violence as early as 1992 in a letter of interpretation that stated:Looking further, I find this OSHA page on workplace violence with "guidance" on what employers need to do to reduce the risk of "workplace violence", with a link to "A Comprehensive Guide for Employers and Employees"
In a workplace where the risk of violence and serious personal injury are significant enough to be "recognized hazards," the general duty clause [specified by Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)] would require the employer to take feasible steps to minimize those risks. Failure of an employer to implement feasible means of abatement of these hazards could result in the finding of an OSH Act violation.
This policy statement permits the Agency to reinforce its guidance and outreach efforts with appropriate enforcement action.
And what do we find in this comprehensive guide? We find in the Appendix a convenient template for a Appendix E - Sample Workplace Weapons Policy for all businesses to implement, which reads:
In order to ensure a safe environment for employees and customers, our establishment, [Employer Name] prohibits the wearing, transporting, storage, or presence of firearms or other dangerous weapons in our facilities or on our property. Any employee in possession of a firearm or other weapon while on our facilities/property or while otherwise fulfilling job responsibilities may face disciplinary action including termination. A client or visitor who violates this policy may be removed from the property and reported to police authorities. Possession of a valid concealed weapons permit [...] is not an exemption under this policy.So these various companies that are prohibiting firearms in their parking lots, or CCW holders carrying on company property, are not doing this because the owners are themselves anti-gun. They are doing it because OSHA, a federal regulatory agency, is telling them they MUST have this as policy in order to be in compliance with Federal law (or else)
They just will not quit will they?
2nd amendment trumps all laws.
Hopefully it’ll keep trumping them. I’m a bit concerned about the DC-ban review. Cautiously optimistic might be a better way to say it.
Not that it matters, but it would be interesting to compare the numbers of people saved by a citizen having ready access to a weapon in his vehicle to the numbers of people killed by people who only killed because they happen to have a weapon handy out in the car.
“Kern decided in a 93-page written order issued Thursday...”
93 page opinion? By itself, that should send up red flags.
So workplace safety means no guns? Well, I’m certain murderous, disgruntled employees with a death wish will put compliance with OSHA rules at the top of their list (need I use a sarcasm tag?).
I wear a flak vest when in line at the Post Office.
Actually, I do not remove my concealed handgun when I enter a post office! It is CONCEALED! In the event I NEED it in a post office, I would much rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6!
Which is a good reason to buy your stamps at the supermarket service counter like I do
Even though my CCW (Texas CHL) does not "authorize" me to carry a handgun into a Federal building of any kind, I still would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6! Concealed means CONCEALED!
I deny any involvement!
So you deny the alligator?
Another POS leftist courtesy of the Clintons and a Senate full of Socialists and RINOs. Is the Oklahoma AG appealing this?
Kern, Terence C.
Born 1944 in Clinton, OK
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 9, 1994, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089; Confirmed by the Senate on June 8, 1994, and received commission on June 9, 1994. Served as chief judge, 1996-2003.
Notice that year -- in the first year of the Clinton Administration, one of the first things they did was to turn OSHA into a part of their gun control strategy
Wait a minute, correction on that, that was the LAST year of the reign of Bush the Elder
That’s not OSHA. That’s hte MN dept of labor.
Read the article and follow the links in the order the article shows them. The Federal OSHA’s web page talks about the requirement to reduce exposure to guns, and then links to the MN OSHA to show the sample work policy that federal OSHA recommends
So now exposure is deadly? I should be dead a 1000 times over from just handling the toys in the safe.
OK. I wouldn't don't it. OSHA is intent on forcing everyone to transform into virtual candy asses anyway. Folks are required to get training for everything now, from using a pencil, to packing cardboard boxes, so it's understandable.