It’s Greek to me
Have you ever tried to read an OSHA regulation, only to find that it’s completely undecipherable? That’s the conclusion James Stanley, former deputy assistant secretary of OSHA, has reached.
At a conference in September 1997, Stanley told attendees that one thing OSHA should do to improve its standards-setting process is to write the standards “in English.” Stanley said that when he was with OSHA, he and others at the agency — including many of the compliance officers, area directors, and regional administrators — did not understand many of the regulations.
Another thing OSHA needs to do, he says, is get out of Washington and into the nation’s workplace to seek information from workers.