Pain, People, and Poultry: No Pain, No Gain

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Pain, People, and Poultry: No Pain, No Gain “People get hurt, they just cut them up and patch them up and put them back on the line like they do horses,” said by Harry O. Simms, a union shop steward, about poultry workers and their working conditions (Hall et al.). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s duty is to enforce standards for healthy working conditions, so treatment is in the workers’ best interest. However, OSHA has no specific rules for poultry factory workers; rather the general regulations covered the workers (Poultry Processing). If a ratio of 10 food factories to one inspector in each state is hired and OSHA applies tailored rules for poultry factories, then poultry processing factory workers will suffer less injuries and illnesses, and will work in cleaner environments. More inspectors will enforce the rules and will facilitate all the food factories and their working conditions. By enforcing existing OSHA’s regulations and having the proper resources to regulate every poultry factory, poultry factory workers will be less likely to suffer from unsanitary working environments, barely any medical assistance, and little injury prevention. The three main destructive treatments, previously stated, of poultry workers have two huge steps that can solve them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mission is “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance,” (About OSHA). Nonetheless, for poultry processing, OSHA has no specific regulations (Poultry Processing). OSHA differs in crucial ways from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Article 23 Section 1 of the Univ... ... middle of paper ... ...for Ms. Henry, who had three hand operations by the age of 37. However, no specific regulations to poultry processing exist (Poultry Processing). Some workers plunge right into the factory, unaware of proper procedure, risks, and mandatory training. This clearly violates OSHA’s mission, specifically, “providing training, outreach, education and assistance,” (About OSHA). Not only are workers open to injuries, but also illnesses from unhealthy surroundings. In Ohio, one poultry factory suffered an outbreak of psittacosis, resulting in an infection of 27 of the 80 workers (Hamlet). Through the reinforcement of OSHA’s mission and proper governance of poultry factories, the reformation of contaminated working environments, little medical assistance, and injury prevention can transpire. These horrid conditions for poultry workers can change if proper steps are done.

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