At age 72, it seems right to retire and move back to my roots (NEBRASKA) so I announced my retirement. There was a big party, lots of gifts, lots of nice things said about me. Then I packed up and left. I retired for 12 hours and did not like it. An opportunity came my way...
I must say that I'm amazed at the near-hysteria of some of your readers about having an OSHA leadership that actually tries to do its job rather than just process VPP applications and praise corporate declarations of their "commitment to excellence."
There are many rules and regulations that get applied to businesses with a bureaucratic "one size fits all" attitude that do not improve the health, safety, security of the workforce or the environment in which the industry operates.
Layering another set of regulatory requirements on the private sector at this fragile economic and geopolitical moment in time, when the evidence shows it is not necessary, will only lead to higher costs of goods and services and a further increase in unemployment.
Every day I drive by construction sites (strip malls, housing, apartments, heavy construction etc.) and am amazed at the sheer audacity that company owners, managers, or supervisors place on their employees.