Explain the need for current regulations and legislation in safe working practices.

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Safe work practice regulations and rules are laws that are put into place to protect the people who work under those particular conditions.  These type of laws stem from a time where there were no particular laws safeguarding workers health and welfare.  During the industrial revolution, workers were one step above being regarded as a dispensable commodity.  In the United States during the Great Depression, one was fortunate to find work, let alone make demands or expect reasonable working conditions.  The resource I have attached below details the Lead Safe Working Regulations that address the health liabilities involved with workers removing old lead-based paint, which can have potentially life-ending ramifications.  Usually these types of regulations have the workers safety and health in mind.  I am sure you have seen the employees at Lowes or Home Depot get on motorized lifts to remove merchandise from the top-tier level.  Notice they cordon off the area they are working in, they wear protective eyewear, and they have a safety harness they must wear while operating the lift.  All these rules and regulations are in place to protect the employee against bodily harm, and, in this litigous society, to protect the store against lawsuits resulting from negligent injury on the job to an employee not following the rules.


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