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OSHA’ S SURPRISE VI S I T During the summers, Mark Price worked at a local manufacturing plant

OSHA’ S SURPRISE VI S I T During the summers, Mark Price worked at a local manufacturing plant

OSHA’ S SURPRISE VI S I T
During the summers, Mark Price worked at a local manufacturing plant in Reddog, Georgia. One hot and busy July day, Willie Truit and Mark received a call from the plant manager’s secretary authorizing them to dispose of a batch of monomers, which are a type of hazardous waste. The order was to remove them from the inspector’s sight. Willie and Mark bagged them up and threw them in the Dumpster, but Mark kept asking why they were doing this. Improper disposal of hazardous materials usually results in heavy fines. This violation would have resulted in a fine of about $20,000. Mark asked Willie what he thought would happen if they decided not to do what they were told. Willie said that they were working in an employmentat- will state and failure to do what they were authorized to do would definitely result in termination. The OSHA inspector asked Mark if he had been trained in handling hazardous waste. He also asked if Mark had been told to do things that he normally didn’t engage in while working. Not wearing the proper clothing and disposing of the material improperly could result in danger to both Willie and Mark. It could also endanger whoever came into contact with the material not disposed of properly.
1. If Mark chose not to perform the task he was told, how could he have protected his job? Could he have lost his job because he was working in an employment-at-will situation?
2. What would you have done if you had been caught in this ethical dilemma?
3. How would you have responded to the OSHA inspector’s questions?