Occupational Safety And Health Act

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On December 29, 1970 Richard Nixon signed into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act was designed to ensure workers were working in conditions that were safe and not harmful to the employees’ health. Since the creation of OSHA workplace injuries and deaths has been reduced by 66%. This is an incredible increase if you consider that means 66% more workers get to go home to their families at the end of the day. In 2014 4,679 workers were killed on the job, that is about 13 workers every day in 2014 (United, 2015). to put into perspective, without OSHA there could have potentially been 7,767 deaths in 2014, that is almost 22 deaths a day.
Seeing these numbers shows the importance of having a working safety program in place within your company. The difficult part of having a safety program is not
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In the safety profession you will be required to give information to people that is not good information. This could be a death of a worker/spouse, new rules and regulations, or just general information. It is important to understand what the information you are presenting and be sure you are presenting with the audience in mind. Failure to do so could cause catastrophic consequences. Later in the paper I will discuss way to implement a safety culture which in return makes bad news regarding regulation changes easier.
Creating a Safety Culture
Developing a positive safety culture has been proven to reduce injuries and death in the work place according to OSHA.gov. A safety culture can be described as, a culture within the work place that is devoted to workplace safety and health. This is an aspect of jobs that has been growing in recent years. Some of the most important aspects of developing a safety culture are as follows:
• Management and employee norms, assumptions and beliefs
• Management and employee

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