A Reprieve From OSHA's Public Shaming

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

As noted in previous posts on this blog (here and here), one of the strategies employed by OSHA has been public shaming of employers who receive citations. This strategy has included agency press releases scolding employers for not protecting their employees. These press releases have often been republished by media outlets thereby reaching a wider audience.

At a 2010 conference, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor under the Obama administration, even boasted of the strategy of “regulation by shaming.” He said OSHA would undertake to issue news releases that “name employers, expose their failings, and detail the serious hazards uncovered in our inspections.”


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