Implications of De Minimis Risk Concepts for OSHA

  • Raymond E. Donnelly
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 2)


The legal framework provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and by subsequent Supreme Court decisions interpreting that law are a logical starting point for discussion of de minimis risk concepts and their application in OSHA. If we work initially in that legal dimension, the social, ethical, and practical dimensions will quickly become apparent. In these remarks, I hope to point out where de minimis concepts have been successfully applied already, and to point toward program areas where they may apply in the future.


Risk Concept Prioritization Process Cotton Dust Regular Inspection Safety Inspection 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond E. Donnelly
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  1. 1.Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationU.S. Department of LaborUSA

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