Weekly poll: Random safety inspections, improved safety or burdensome expense

By: May 28th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

In his May 21 “(Work in Progress)” blog post, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels touted a recent study that found an association between lower workplace injury claims for businesses in the four years following a random safety inspection compared to similar businesses that were not inspected. The study focused on select high-hazard industries inspected by the California OSHA program, but did not include healthcare.

With regard to healthcare do you believe that random safety inspections, such as from OSHA, do indeed improve safety without leading to burdensome business expenses or job loss? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

After taking the survey, click here for the results.


By Bruce Cunha on May 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am

If OSHA assisted facilities in correcting safety issues rather than fining them for safety violations, a better atmoshphere could be created to where the emphasis was on reducing injury. That is what we in this profession are trying to do.

I have no issue with severe fines for second offenses or injuries due to lack of safety processes, but for random inspections, work to assist the business to become safety compliant and don’t beat them over the head the first time around.


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