Today on WSJ.com Assistant Secretary David Michaels provided his reaction to a previous post on the impact of regulations on our nation’s economy.
As a scientist I look for evidence to get at the truth of things. And there is clear evidence that OSHA’s common-sense regulations don’t kill jobs; they stop jobs from killing workers.
Better yet, our regulations don’t just prevent worker injuries and illnesses; they also drive technological innovation, making industries more competitive.
Surprised? The most comprehensive study to date on the economic impact of OSHA regulation was conducted by Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment.
The study found that in almost all cases, “industries that were most affected achieved compliance straightforwardly, and largely avoided the destructive economic effects” that they feared most.
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