1. Concept and Brief Description
In chapter three there was extensive discussion about OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act). OSHA was enacted by the federal government in 1970 in response to the 15,000 work-related fatalities that had been occurring annually. This Act was the most comprehensive act regarding worker safety. This divided the enforcement responsibilities between the department of labor, and the department of health.
2. Emotional Hook (provocative question/claim/real-life problem)
According to OSHA law who is responsible for the safety of employees?
Did you know that you could be fined up to $5,000 if an OSHA inspector sees you pass a pallet standing on end and not place it down on the ground?
The following link shows the top 10 OSHA violations for 2007. Scroll down to the article about Cintas and see the fines accrued for their violations.
3. Key Points to Elicit in Discussion
• OSHAs primary purpose is the safety of workers.
• Employee rights
o Request an inspection
o Have a representative present at an inspection
o Have dangerous substances identified
o Have employer violations posted at the work site
• MSDS sheets
4. Facilitative Questions
Why is OSHA so important?
What impact has OSHA had in the work place?