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Newman English 101: Rhetoric 16 September 2013 Statement of Scope for the Annotated Bibliography In 1970, the U.S. Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, where federal rules and laws addressing worker health and safety were put into one major legislative act. Accompanying this law was the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA's task was to bring stability to safety and health standards that would reduce workplace deaths, create safer environments, and protect the well-being of workers. Due to its success, there are safer working conditions for workers as new laws are implemented by OSHA. However, in Gabriel Thompsons book, Working in the Shadows, he encounters the lack of safety that surrounds him as he works in the chicken factory. This also shows the lack of involvement OSHA has in industries. Although OHSA has constructed new laws to regulate unsafe working conditions, OSHAs lack of enforcement to push these laws into action causes companies to continue practicing violations that affect the health and safety standards of workers. This essay will explore the absence of involvement OSHA has on enforcing their laws to industries that continue to ignore regulations. In some cases, lack of enforcement is affected by the insufficient amount of inspectors that conduct visitations to industries. I will explain why this is the reason some industries still manage to ignore the benefits of creating a safer working atmosphere for the workers The safety of workers is important to the wide array of people who should feel secure while tackling on a job. I will also discuss that OSHA's rules are often unreasonably complex when applied regularly to the variety of workplace settings. This will also lead me to explain how OSHA is relying on excessive paperwork instead of its primary goal of protecting workers. The selected bibliography includes sources that focus on safety hazards in certain working environments, the needs for improved laws under the administration, and how industries to not work entirely with OSHA. The sources I have include accounts of violations that were caused by companies that failed to live up to OSHA laws. I will need to include sources that explain the process of creating laws under the OSHA that make it tougher to enforce improved regulations. Articles written by Friedman, Bruce, Egilman, Mailloux, and Valentin explore the negatives of OSHA and how not much is being done under their administration when a violation is reported. While the Federal Documents introduce the need to create regulations that will contribute to well-suited conditions to work in. With these sources, I will able to support my thesis with information that applies to OSHAs unapplied laws in the work force.

Angelica Arriaga Mr. Newman English 101: Rhetoric 16 September 2013 Annotated Bibliography Egilman, David, Caroline Mailloux, and Claire Valentin. "Popcorn-worker Lung Caused by Corporate and Regulatory Negligence: An Avoidable Tragedy." International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 1 Jan. 2007: n. pag. Print. The authors discuss how Union leaders and labor activists believe a lack of proper safety inspections and oversight on the job, and outdated legislation which no longer reflects the reality of modern construction sites. The authors also discuss how training and safety program departments offer a greater emphasis on safety by companies, but it still doesn't change the conditions. It also cares to explain many of these safety hazards could have been prevented by the companies themselves. Federal Document Clearing House, Inc. "Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs." Government Accounting Office Report 9 Apr. 2012: n. pag. Print. The report states how certain safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies may discourage workers from reporting workplace injuries and illnesses. This is caused by states that have been granted authority by OSHA to set and enforce their own workplace safety and health standards under a state plan approved by OSHA. It goes on to cover how companies with less reports to OSHA recieve fewer inspections by OSHA. Finley, Bruce. "OSHA fines 3 firms, find workers at spill still not protected." The Denver Post 11 July 2013, Final ed.: n. pag. Print. Finley discusses what little achievement the OSHA has done to protect workers even after fines have been administered. He explains the issues by revealing the companies that have exposed their workers to toxins and other

Angelica Arriaga Mr. Newman English 101: Rhetoric 16 September 2013 hazardous chemicals on the job. His article also points out how companies like to hide information of dangerous activity from their own workers as the complete tasks in unsafe conditions. Friedman, Mark. "OSHA Focuses on Keeping Workers Safe, Not Violations." Arkansas Business 20 Oct. 2008: 25. Print. This article discusses the issues of working with unregulated job environments that continue to affect the lives of many workers. This also states how OSHA continues to deal with reoccurring violations that companies still practice throughout the course of 30 years. It also covers the unstructured policies of OSHA that make it easier for companies to dodge fines before OSHA carries them out. "OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination." Government Accounting Office Report 12 Dec. 2012: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 12 Sept. 2013. The documents state how the standards of companies do not meet up to OSHA laws. Even with the enforcement of OSHA laws, companies do not enforce the rules of safety. It also revises the inconsistency that companies hold in regards to keeping environments safe for their workers.