By MS. LAUREN SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.
Flash forward half a century and OSHA violations are often joked about. In fact, social media pages even poke fun at tangled up wiring and ladder incidents waiting to happen.
Although it can be fun to make light of these situations (we all like to laugh at ridiculousness), actual OSHA violations are certainly not a joke.
In fact, each safety practice OSHA monitors has been backed with decades upon decades of improvement based on real-life scenarios. Violating these practices poses a risk to your personal well-being and the success of the mission of which you are a valuable part.
OSHA does not typically cover uniquely military operations, but OSHA’s regulations do often apply when military activities relate to workplace activity.
Some individuals choose to feel “weak” if they are following safe practices. However, this mindset stems from insecurities. It often leads to harmful or deadly accidents. Strong individuals prefer to carry out their duties safely and, thus, pride themselves on mission efficiency and success. They make a conscious choice to not be caught unaware nor complacent in order to avoid a lifetime of unnecessary pain.
For those wanting to do the job right for the sake of themselves and the mission, quiz yourself on how well you really know safety.