Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 14:32:46 -0400
In a message dated 97-04-13 14:02:01 EDT, blainej@JUNO.COM (Blaine A.
<< Question: Are these items anyone else is concerned about? Am I too
sensitive to these matters? Should I get a job as an OSHA incpector? >>
Yes, you should be concerned! Having been the First Aid Guy at a camp for
four summers, I note that you are spot on in your analysis of the dangers of
the situation. Disease prevention is vitally important. Proper injury care
is always better than the alternative.
No, you're not too sensitive.
No, you shouldn't be an OSHA inspector. You're more valuable where you are.
OSHA is tied up by legislation which causes it to worry less about safety
than politics, so your safety knowledge would be wasted. Finally, nobody
listens to the OSHA inspector the first time around, and if the inspector
cites someone, they appeal it before they make changes. You might have an
immediate effect on the life of some Scout, or the conscience of a
Scoutmaster that you would not have otherwise.
Finally, Blaine, no OSHA inspector gets a chance to do what you did -- go
around during the operation and witness live injuries AND make immediate
corrections and immediately apply first aid.
But if you're in the business of training OSHA inspectors, may we send some
your way? 8-)
I bet none of us is wholly innocent in the things you mention -- and your
post is a great conscience pricker. Thanks!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City