To help shift job safety responsibility to the private sector, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suggested that both workers and employers become more involved in monitoring workplace hazards.

The proposals, however, could conflict with National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) precedent that limits the use in decision-making of committees made up of workers and management. Yet the emphasis on a collaborative team approach contained in the proposals is the only part that has won both business and union support.

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