In the last two years, the California Legislature has provided the Department of Industrial Relations with significantly increased financial resources to enhance the effectiveness of Cal/OSHA and better protect the 19 million workers in the state. DIR has failed to take full advantage of these resources to strengthen Cal/OSHA while at the same time it has provided refunds to employers who have paid the fees that generate these unused resources. The net effect is a Cal/OSHA that is weaker and less effective than it could be if all available resources were put to work. The people who pay the cost of these resources “left on the table” are the workers of California and their families and communities.
Science generates knowledge by means of new discoveries that are often met with disbelief at first, but such knowledge eventually becomes widespread and common. Every school-age child knows the earth revolves around the sun, although this knowledge was rejected when it was first discovered. Most people have a basic understanding of natural processes such as how moisture evaporates then condenses and falls as rain or how oxygen travels through the body in the bloodstream. Science is the reason for the ever-increasing understanding that people have about the world around them.