The Society of American Florists places a strong emphasis on the need for safe and healthy workplaces and supports the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in protecting the U.S. workforce.
OSHA, however, appears at times to place more emphasis on enforcing its regulations and collecting fines and penalties than on actually assisting employers to create safe and healthy workplaces. OSHA should direct resources toward programs that help business owners understand regulations and proved guidance on how to implement the regulations. In addition, when proposing and issuing new regulations, OSHA should conduct more comprehensive analyses of the impact regulations have on small businesses.
SAF supports efforts to recast OSHA as an agency committed to improving the safety and health of the workforce by functioning as an advisor, educator and trainer in addition to being an enforcer of the regulations it creates. Furthermore, SAF supports steps taken to ensure OSHA conducts cost benefit analyses of its regulations as well as thorough assessments of how its proposals affect small businesses.
Keywords: floral legislation, government relations, OSHA, workplace safety, compliance