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OSHA INJURY AND ILLNESS
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
JUNE 20, 1984
Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Operations
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1984
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
JACK BROOKS, Texas, Chairman DON FUQUA, Florida
FRANK HORTON, New York JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan
JOHN N. ERLENBORN, Illinois CARDISS COLLINS, Illinois
THOMAS N. KINDNESS, Ohio GLENN ENGLISH, Oklahoma
ROBERT S. WALKER, Pennsylvania ELLIOTT H. LEVITAS, Georgia
LYLE WILLIAMS, Ohio HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
WILLIAM F. CLINGER, JR., Pennsylvania TED WEISS, New York
RAYMOND J. MCGRATH, New York MIKE SYNAR, Oklahoma
JUDD GREGG, New Hampshire STEPHEN L. NEAL, North Carolina
DAN BURTON, Indiana DOUG BARNARD, JR., Georgia
JOHN R. McKERNAN, JR., Maine BARNEY FRANK, Massachusetts
TOM LEWIS, Florida TOM LANTOS, California
ALFRED A. (AL) McCANDLESS, California RONALD D. COLEMAN, Texas
LARRY E. CRAIG, Idaho
DAN SCHAEFER, Colorado
WILLIAM M. JONES, General Counsel
JOHN E. MOORE, Staff Administrator
MANPOWER AND HOUSING SUBCOMMITTEE
BARNEY, FRANK, Massachusetts, Chairman MEL LEVINE, California
JOHN R. McKERNAN, JR., Maine
DAN BURTON, Indiana
JACK BROOKS, Texas
FRANK HORTON, New York
JUNE SAXTON, Clerk
Frumin, Eric, Chairman, Labor Research Advisory Committee on Occupa-
Millar, Dr. J. Donald, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health, accompanied by Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director of the
Seminario, Margaret, associate director, department of occupational
safety and health and social security, American Federation of Labor/
Office of Program Evaluation, and Jackie De Mesme, Legislative Ana-
OSHA INJURY AND ILLNESS INFORMATION
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1984
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:30 a.m., in room 2247, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Barney Frank (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Barney Frank, Major R. Owens, and John R. McKernan, Jr.
Also present: Stuart E. Weisberg, staff director; Thomas S. Crane, legislative assistant, June D. Saxton, clerk; and Nan Elwood, minority professional staff, Committee on Government Operations.
OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN FRANK Mr. FRANK. Good morning. The hearing of the Manpower and Housing Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations will come to order.
I should point out that the House is going into session a little early this morning. We may be interrupted once for a vote-it shouldn't be more often than that because there is going to be some lengthy debate over the first amendment and I think we should be able to finish this with only one interruption.
The subject of today's hearing really grew out of some earlier hearings we had with respect to our jurisdiction over OSHA and the primary focus today—and I know other things were talked about as well and will come up-but the primary focus that the subcommittee has had and that Mr. McKernan and I have discussed among ourselves, as well as in the hearing, is the adequacy of our reporting of occupational illness.
Obviously, OSHA has responsibility for illness and injury, and it's become clear to us, as it undoubtedly already was to people in the field, that for obvious reasons, injury is an easier concept to deal with. The intellectual problems and methodological problems involved in trying to keep track of occupationally caused or affected illnesses is obviously very difficult. It does seem to me that we are not doing as much as we ought to be doing in that area.
I want to say at the outset, this is not one of the hearings when it is my view that it is the particular fault of this or that administration or this or that agency. I think we have a problem here