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Insight on Workers’ Memorial Day and OSHA

Posting on the University of North Carolina Occupational & Environmental Medicine list [1], Mark Catlin, an industrial hygienist from Columbia, MD, thought it important for those in the safety profession to reflect on Workers’ Memorial Day [2], April 28. Especially since this year is also the 40th anniversary of the founding of OSHA.

Catlin referenced remarks (YouTube) made at the 1970 signing ceremony by then-Department of Labor Secretary James Hodgson [3] shortly before President Nixon signed the OSH Act.

“In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Hodgson gives two reasons for the passage of the OSHA law—first because the U.S. was a progress-minded nation and second because it was part of the new environmental concern in the U.S.—and what environment is of more concern to workers than that of their workplace?” says Catlin.

For those in need of more history on OSHA, here is a YouTube clip of President Nixon’s signing ceremony remarks [4].

How do you think OSHA is faring as it enters its 40s, particularly in healthcare? Let us know in the comment section below.