Workers at Risk: The Failed Promise of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Workers at Risk: The Failed Promise of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

by Thomas Mcgarity, Sidney A. Shapiro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275942813

ISBN-13: 9780275942816

Pub. Date: 03/05/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not close to meeting its mandate to protect American workers, according to administrative law specialists McGarity and Shapiro. Thousands of men and women are still victims of workplace accidents and occupational disease. The goal of this book is to analyze why OSHA has failed and to suggest what can be

Overview

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not close to meeting its mandate to protect American workers, according to administrative law specialists McGarity and Shapiro. Thousands of men and women are still victims of workplace accidents and occupational disease. The goal of this book is to analyze why OSHA has failed and to suggest what can be done to set it back on track. The book, divided into six parts, evaluates the current status of the protection of workers and provides a history of OSHA regulation. The authors suggest four methods to reduce workplace health and safety risks: (1) better management of OSHA; (2) reduced oversight by the courts and the executive branch; (3) a change in OSHA's legislative mandate; and (4) empowering workers to protect themselves.

This important work will be of interest to scholars and professionals in occupational health, labor economics, labor law, and human resource management.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275942816
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/05/1993
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

OSHA's Failed Promise

The Plight of America's Workers

Regulatory Failure and Reform

OSHA's History

The Nixon/Ford Years: Inauspicious Beginnings

The Carter Years: OSHA on the Move

The Reagan Years: Going Backward

The Reagan Years: Inching Forward

The Reagan Years: Killing Time

The Reagan Years: Tying Up Loose Ends

The Reagan Years: New Initiatives

The Reagan Years: Weakening Enforcement

The Bush Years: An Identity Crisis

Internal Reforms: Better Management for OSHA

Making OSHA More Efficient: Setting Priorities and Eliminating Bottlenecks

More Bang for the Buck: Alternative Methods of Regulation and Implementation

Ensuring Compliance: The Puzzle of Enforcement

External Reforms: Who Is in Charge?

The President's Role: OSHA

OSHRC's Role: The Failure of the Split-Enforcement Arrangement

The Court's Role: Judicial Review and OSHA

External Reforms: Changing OSHA's Mandate

OSHA and Overregulation: Should Cost-Benefit Analysis Apply?

Economics and OSHA: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Underregulation

Modeling EPA: A New Mandate for OSHA

External Reforms: Empowering Workers

Lighting a Fire: When OSHA Is a Reluctant Regulator

Empowering Workers: Enforcing the OSH Act

Empowering Workers: Rethinking Employment Relationships

Selected Bibliography

Index

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