Council Criticizes OSHA’s Standards for Deep Sea Divers

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on January 18, 1977
by Council on Wage and Price Stability


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) proposed standards for commercial underwater divers was strongly criticized yesterday by the Council on Wage and Price Stability, According to the Council’s analysis, if the proposed regulations were to go into effect, the structure, capacity and productivity of this small but important industry would be altered — at inordinately great cost to individual entrepreneurs anq ultimately to consumers. The Council also maintained that OSHA had failed to show that the standards would be effective.

Commenting on the OSHA proposal, the Council’s Acting Director, William Lilley III, stated: “We urge OSHA to acquire a sense of perspective about this issue. Here is an industry composed of a large number of individual entrepreneurs, many of whom are ex-divers. The divers are true professionals who know well the risks attendant on their jobs; their pay, ranging from $20 thousand to over $45 thousand per year, reflects the skill and risk involved. If these standards were effective in reducing those risks — an assumption which is questioned in this analysis — this high level of compensation might well be reduced.


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