Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/OSHA & EPA
Expert: Robert Tipton, CSP - 11/26/2012
How have regulatory agencies like EPA and OSHA hindered the productivity and prosperity of American business and industry and threatened individual freedoms?
Answer Perfect question Adriana! There is an abundance of proof that regulatory agencies are needed to control corporation. Without regulation, corporations would do what they can do to make a profit. That is the sole purpose of a corporation, make a profit-without regard to people or the environment. I don't believe OSHA or the EPA would fall into the category of hindering prosperity or threaten individual freedoms. You have to understand that OSHA safety regulations are MINIMAL requirements. For instance- say the corporation wanted your father to go into an unsafe trench to repair a gas main and the trench caves in on your father and buries him alive, what happened to his individual freedoms? The corporation who was out to make a profit by saving money on the time, effort and equipment needed to shore the trench properly. Sure some corporations will self regulate, but given the consequences of unregulated industry, their profits will be less than the corporation not following any safe practices and will soon be out of business. Without EPA regulations some industries would rather pollute your ground water with hazardous waste then to do the right thing of having it treated and disposed of properly. Don't worry, the hexavalent chromium in your water won't hurt you? Sorry I cannot confirm that OSHA or EPA have hindered productivity or threaten anyone's individual freedoms. I hope this answered your question. If you have further questions or need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks
I can answer questions regarding OSHA general industry and construction compliance, industrial hygiene, workers compensation, general safety issues, Lockout/Tag-out, Power Press safety, Laser Safety, Ergonomics and Fire safety.
I have worked over 5 years in the insurance industry conducting loss prevention services, worked two years as an OSHA Safety Compliance Officer, over 15 years in manufacturing as a safety professional.
Organizations American Society of Safety Professionals ASSE
Education/Credentials Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Certified Safety Professional, CSP by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for over ten years.