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Saving Money And Pain Is Central To OSHA Training San Antonio

By Cathy Mercer

Especially after the last five years of recession, most people now consider having a job a privilege. That does not mean that the fine art of grousing about work pay, hours and vacation time went away, that is tradition. But thanks to information provided by programs like OSHA training San Antonio, most workers do not fear for their safety at work.

Workers everywhere are familiar with rules and regulations that they must abide by in the work environment, and for the most part they are not pleased with them. Many requirements, from personal protective equipment to team observation to hazardous material handling procedures, seem a bother. It seems that each event mandated by occupational safety and health is both obvious and a waste of time.

It appears as if they are all designed by people who have not really done the work, as many of the requirements are time consuming and protect against what should be avoided merely with common sense. Many individuals take the courses and use the equipment only because they must, looking for workarounds or just ignoring them when supervision is lax.

Our common learning pattern from childhood is a series of trial and error as we learn how to move from immobile babies to running children. Along the way, most of the cuts and bruises incurred heal without any help. People take from that a natural bit of a cavalier attitude toward things designed for protection; risk taking is thrilling.

For those charged with developing the education and programs to keep the workplace free of mishaps, this is known as blood priority, This is the notion that results in action taken to prevent a possibly dangerous condition, even one that is known about, until after someone is actually injured. The short sided reason for this is that precautions often cost money.

The sad reality is the reason the steel toed shoes are required is that previous employees have crushed or lost a toe in that line of work. Even in the electrical field, where most would agree the consequences of error are significant enough to warrant extra caution, workers often neglect basic precautions. The public in general has a reluctance to use scientifically proven protection.

In some areas there has been near universal acceptance of protective gear, not just because it was useful in preventing or mitigating injury, but because it became something of a fashion statement. This is true of the construction head protection and flame retardant clothing for firefighters. Like the medical chart a physician carries, these pieces of PPE became symbols of the profession.

One can see the typical pattern of general acceptance of safety gear through the odyssey of the automobile seat belt, at first utter rejection, a long path of education and then final acceptance. Automobile air bags and bicycle helmets have had the same experience, but for the work environment, things must be done more quickly. OSHA training San Antonio is mandatory for specific fields of work, but it should be voluntarily sought out, the information could save a life or limb.

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