Chapter 15: Managing Workplace Safety and Health1.The Managerial perspective:
Ensuring a safe working environment is an obligation for anysocially responsible manager.
An organizational culture that places a greater value on speedor saving money than on safety can result in workplaceaccidents—some that involve the loss of human life.2.Workplace Safety and the Law:
In 2003 more than 4.3 million people were injured on the joband 5,559 were killed.
National average per 100 workers is 2.6 workplace injuries orillnesses that are serious enough to result in lost workdays.
2 basic sets of workplace safety laws affect most workers:
The various workers’ compensation laws at the statelevel
The main goal of the workers’ compensationsystem is to provide compensation to workers whosuffer job related injuries or illnesses. Workers’compensation laws have no safety regulations ormandates, but they do require employers to payfor workers’ compensation insurance
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) atthe federal level.
Federal Law designed to make the workplace saferby ensuring that the work environment is freefrom hazards.
Enforces standards through a system of inspections, citations, and fines
Does not provide for the compensation of accidentvictimsa)Workers Compensationa.Under the doctrine of contributory negligence employerswere not liable for an employee’s injuries when thanemployee’s own negligence contributed to or caused the