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  •  It is so easy for some people to forget... (18+ / 0-)

    ...what things were like before operations such as OSHA (and state counterparts like CalOSHA) were in place. Not that they don't have their own flaws. But they have made a big difference for workers, for consumers with their "burdensome" regulations.

    Good diary.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:33:26 AM PST

    •  Very true, Meteor Blades (13+ / 0-)

      What might surprise some people is the way that companies actually partner with OSHA under the Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) program.

      The VPP recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:37:38 AM PST

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      •  A number of OSHA regulations... (2+ / 0-)

        ...were developed in partnership with industry groups -- and it doesn't necessarily result in weak and ineffective foxes-guarding-the-henhouse regulations like in the Bush-era model.  If I remember my reading correctly, wasn't Lockout-Tagout initially developed from an initiative in the lumber industry to reduce accidents in sawmills?

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

        by dsteffen on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:30:47 AM PST

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