The recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and other high-profile disasters have revealed that many workplaces have become genuinely dangerous. According to information from the Guardian, a British newspaper, OSHA, the government agency responsible for inspecting and ensuring the safety of workplaces, has been cut so drastically over the years that it is barely able to do its job. In fact, according to that same article, OSHA would take well over 100 years to get around to inspecting a plant like the one that exploded in West with the resources the agency currently has.
Make no mistake about it, many workplaces out there are extremely dangerous and there is very little oversight at present.
Understanding the Risks
When you take on a new job, it’s a good idea to make certain you are working in a workplace that takes safety seriously. Companies that take safety seriously will generally have an inspector who works privately come in and assess the company’s operations for safety performance. Companies that take safety seriously will also employ written programs that are used to train new employees into the safety requirements of their jobs.