OSHA Glad Someone Cares About Your Safety?
OSHA is like the big daddy of work place safety. There's no argument that OSHA can inspire dread among those who operate a business. No one wants to catch the attention of a federal agency—let alone one that can levy fines against you. Like anything government related, it's not exactly a perfect operation. But OSHA has done a lot of good in keeping you and your employees safe.
The Nixon administration formed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970 to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance."
Today there are 2,200 inspectors for 130 million employees. Before OSHA, there was an average of 38 deaths a day. Compare this to 2011, when there was an average of 13 worker deaths a day. The results of the program have had on worker safety are clear. These affects are especially profound when you take into consideration the fact that the workforce has doubled since the 70s, so not only are there 66% fewer deaths in the workplace, but the workforce has about 65 million more people in it. The potential for disaster could have exponentially risen in relation to the number of those employed, but it didn't because of safety and health protocols put in place in the early 70s.
Not only has OSHA greatly reduced the number of fatalities, it has also significantly reduced the number of work related injury and illness among workers. In 1972, there were 10.9 incidents per 100 workers, whereas in 2010, that number dropped dramatically to 4 per 100. OSHA has decreased the costs associated with injuries and illnesses as well by lowering the rates at which workers are harmed.
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