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When Jordan Barab famously admitted that OSHA was utilizing large penalties accompanied by harsh press releases to “motivate” employers to comply, I had mixed feelings. Fear is a great motivator. Aggressive publication of legitimate noteworthy OSHA citations has a role in the “carrot and stick” process of safety enforcement. Moreover, I understand that the former OSHA Region IV Administrator first used the phrase, and frankly, I doubt that she misused the approach. However, I was concerned that OSHA might issue more harsh penalties and press releases than deserved, in order to “motivate” employers. Those concerns may have been valid, and Corporate entities would do well to consider this increasingly common “approach.”

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