OSHAHave you ever seen those OSHA posters around the workplace andwondered what they are all about? We are going to give you an overviewof OSHA and what their purpose is when it comes to safety in theworkplace.OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHAprotects workers from safety and health hazards; they also educate andtrain employers, who then train their employees. OHSA sets certainguidelines and criteria that must be met by all employers.Have you ever seen anyone walking around your work place and checkingout certain areas for possible risk? These people that you see are probablyfrom OSHA.OSHA comes to job sites to do inspections on occasions and if there is aninjury or a death related to an accident at work then it is reported anddocumented not only by the employer but by OSHA as well.OSHA keeps statistics about fatalities and injuries to try and reduce thesesituations from happening in the future. They also keep this type ofinformation so that they can go back and look to see if things are improvingin the workplace or getting worse.OSHA’s main purpose is to protect the workers from harm’s way and tomake sure every work place has OSHA standards in place and that theiremployees are aware of these standards.OSHA has a service that is provided to employees and that is that if anemployer is violating standards or you think that something is not safe thenyou as an employee have the right to report these situations and it isOSHA’s job to look into the situation to see what is going on and to dosomething about it. If OSHA finds something that is in violation of theircodes then the company can be fined until it is fixed.
With every organization, such as OSHA, there are always pros and cons tolook at. There are many beneficial pros that are presented with having anorganization such as OSHA. Sense OSHA has been operating andproviding guidelines to follow the rate of workplace deaths and injuries hasdropped dramatically. One of those pros would be that OSHA has strictguidelines that do not have many gray areas. Therefore companies can beexpected to provide a generally safe environment to work at, becauseOSHA has clear guidelines. Another pro would be that contacting OSHAabout a problem or a question is fairly easy to do so, and the neededcontact information and ways to contact them are readily available. Alsogiven the situation that is presented, OSHA can conduct inspectionswithout any notice to companies. This is beneficial because if there is anongoing problem and the company has notice that an inspection is to beconducted, then the company could potentially temporally fix the problem.Also OSHA provides inspections that are on-site or by fax/phone, whichallows OSHA to perform more effectively and does not take valued timeaway from the company that is being inspected, this is relevant though tothe type of investigation that is being conducted. With every pro, there are cons that follow, and yes even OSHA hassome cons. One of issues that I feel could be presented as a con is the factthat OSHA standards do not cover state workers, unless it is in a state planstate, self-employer workers, and family farm workers. In the current stateof our economy there are many people that are becoming self employedand have employees that work for them. Also sense the time that OSHAwas conducted, the way companies handle business and conduct workhave changed enormously while the standard guidelines have stayed thesame. This can make some companies feel that they are difficult to applywith because they are outdated and do not apply to the current businesseconomy. One of the pros, having clearly stated guidelines with not manygray areas, presents a con itself; that would be that the guidelines are notflexible. Also a company can implement all the guidelines and focus hoursof training on safety, but you can never remove the risk 100 percent.
I think that OSHA works to enforce safety regulations when the situationpercents an imminent danger. I think that an organization such as OSHA istoo broad to focus on all the possible dangers that can be present. I thinkthat by providing guidelines for companies to follow they are doing whatthey can and then are leaving the ultimate safety issues to be handled withthe company its self, making the company accountable. I feel that OSHAfocusing imminent dangers is a good practice because those are thedangers that could affect many people.Sources:http://www.OSHA.govhttp://www.Safetytrainers.com/blog/bid/3593/Do-I-have-to-worry-about-OSHA-Has-OSHA-ever-visited-your-business