ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOUTH AFRICA-ANC under Pressure

implementation of the Act could be the cut imposed in the OSHA budget in the Reagan and Bush administrations which has, among other things, meant that the number of inspectors under OSHA'remain an inadequate 1,200 for the seven million workplaces to be inspected under the Act. -In justifying these cuts the government has tended to emphasise the dubious philosophy of Voluntary compliance' with safety standards. This has, of course, never worked and critics have dubbed it a 'farce'. They suggest that only when OSHA inspectors are stationed in companies on a daily basis, just as are internal revenue personnel, can there be Voluntary compliance'. Interestingly, in 1989 an OSHA inspector Den Loigrcn had {in his book, Dangerous Premises: Art Insider's View of OSHA Enforcement) reported that the legislation worked most efficiently in places "where there are strong and responsive union representatives". He suggested then that "worker empowerment was crucial to combating corporate disregard for worker health and safety".

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