Monday, May 16, 2011
Image via WikipediaOn April 28, 1971 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970. Last month, OSHA celebrated it's 40th anniversary/birthday by creating a webpage with a timeline documenting OSHA's 40 years, a video discussing OSHA successes over 40 years, and Assistant Secretary David Michael's presentation to mark its anniversary at the public forum hosted by the Center for American Progress. From this presentation came the following quote: "OSHA doesn't kill jobs, it stops jobs from killing workers." It is an important quote and their are enough statistics that support this statement. If employers get serious about safety, productivity increases, workmen's compensation costs decrease, and employers become more competitive.