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The Creation of Standards – PO#2 Maintaining compliance with regulatory standards is a critical aspect of effectively managing the OSH function of any company. By in large, the standards developed by OSHA have been very successful. However, the process for creating these regulations has become ridiculously mucked up through the years. This sections is aimed at determining what must be done to allow for a more unrestricted approach to the creation of federal OSH standards. The researcher will suggest that strong, well-written standards will dramatically enhance the way businesses throughout the U.S. manage worker health and safety. Exactly what is a Standard According to Dictionary.com (2013), the definition of “standard” is, something considered by an authority as a basis of comparison. The term also speaks of a rule or principle used as a basis for judgment. To most people, the word standard would potentially conjure thoughts of normalcy or average/expected requirement with respect to quality, quantity, grade, etc. Another interesting aspect of standards is that they are closely correlated to morals and ethics in many people’s daily lives. For example, growing up, many people strive to live up to the standards put over them by their parents, grandparents, teachers, and so forth. It may be safe to assume that many people will seek to deliver upon reasonable standards that are properly communicated. OSHA is the responsible party in the U.S. for creating standards pertaining to OSH. PELs which were extensively covered in the above section are but one example of standards that have been established by OSHA, albeit a relatively poor one. Anyone with even a novice understanding of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), title 2... ... middle of paper ... ...ed effect they must not only make sense but also appeal to typical worker. The researcher recalls one testimony by a relatively young construction worker who described his view of OSHA standards as a list of “Thou Shall Not’s”. A final recommendation which the researcher feels is necessary to strengthen the management function of OSH across all U.S. industries is to having components of the Congressional Review Act amended. In particular would be the passage that prohibits any federal agency from issuing a rule that is substantially the same as one that has been rescinded (DOL, n. d. b). By having this powerful clause in place, OSHA cannot redevelop the failed Ergonomic Standard and thus must proceed with a more passive recommendation approach. Again, because this is not an actual standard, it is tremendously difficult for an employer to be cited for and penalized.

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