By Phil La Duke
At the danger of getting attacked by the left and the correct I feel compelled to ask the question in the face of such political upheaval in the U.S. and the U.K. what fate will befall worker security?
Trump has promised to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and retreat from the Paris Accord (on climate alter) and Brexit has plunged both the UK and the EU into a globe of uncertainty, what ever the future holds, I fear we cannot count on the rule of law to defend workers from on the job injuries. Nut jobs, please recognize that I am not taking a political position, rather calling the details as I see them I’m not saying factors are correct or incorrect, I am merely stating facts. Remember facts?
Security regulations have been under siege for quite some time, with company owners howling that keeping workers from being seriously injured or exposed to deadly chemicals presented also onerous a burden threatening their purse and goal. The laws created to safeguard people have been simply circumvented, by outsourcing the dirtiest and most harmful jobs to countries with either less strenuous regulations or that have been less difficult to influence.
Some may think this dismantling of the EPA as an essential step toward returning jobs for unskilled labor back to U.S. shores and the Brexit as a way of keeping foreigners from edging out Britts for jobs, and that remains to be noticed. And if it does, at what expense?
In a practical sense, it does not matter what the U.S. or U.K. do to safety regulations businesses undertaking company in the E.U. need to abide by the European Union regulations and in most circumstances of which I am aware, businesses are following these regulations in all locations, not just those in the E.U. In truth, some certifications essential by E.U. , the vendors need to explain their approaches as a company as a whole so as much as the predictors of doom and gloom the most meaningful modify is that the United States and United Kingdom have abdicated their roles as leaders in environmental and, by extension, security regulations. Far from “bringing jobs home” a significant loosening of regulations threaten to move jobs overseas to locales (most likely Europe and Asia) much more in line with the philosophy of the EU.
The alter may be even a lot more fundamental than this adjustments in regulations won’t necessarily adjust the pressure that OEMs spot on their supply chains to meet environmental, sustainability, and safety targets. Far from destroying globalization, by moving the selection-producing concerning EH&S to private industry, these current political developments may possibly really hasten the improvement of a global economy. Far from “making America (or the UK) great again” the impact may truly move each nations from being leaders in the world to isolated backwaters exactly where cause fears to tread.
There are no do-overs in elections and people can rail for or against the final results on social media but in the final estimation it adjustments practically nothing. We now should face the truth that we have abdicated the leadership of EH&S to the EU and business. Again, I am not creating judgments right here, basically calling issues as I see them. I don’t care who you supported in the U.S. election or how you voted on Brexit, but the outcomes of each have basically reduced the leadership and influence of the U.S. and U.K. in terms of safety and provided it to the E.U. This is not necessarily a poor issue, but it signals a change in the world order, and with adjust comes uncertaintu.