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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Rules, Laws and Regulations
Rules, Laws and Regulations
Cranky opinion Saturday
and regulations are what define civilization.Without them chaos would be the norm. The downside to rules, laws and regulations is
when they get too specific and detailed, common sense is discarded.
ever found yourself late at night waiting for a traffic light to turn
green?Don’t you feel ridiculous waiting
and waiting for the light to change while there is not a car to be seen in
tells you to cross.It is safe.It is more than safe.It is ridiculously safe but the light is red
and you wait.Rules are rules and there
is that friggin camera waiting to catch you and your common sense.Rules trump common sense and you would pay a
fine for sure.So you wait.If the light was actually broken you might
never get home.
sometimes regulations are so unrealistically strict in order to assure safe
practices that short cuts are taken.I
suspect that is what happened in the BP oil spill tragedy.This is just speculation, but it is the type
of thing that can happen when processes are over regulated.
quickly learn which regulations are too stringent, especially when they slow a
process and cost them to miss deadlines.At some point they learn they can get away with failure to “Close cover
before striking.”Regulators also learn
to look the other way when they learn the consequences will be zero and they
might find an envelope in their coat pocket.
silly regulations which are routinely overlooked become slightly more important
regulations which are overlooked.Finally, when the pressure is really on, when meeting a deadline means
a bonus is on the line, the regulator finds a bigger envelope,
and a foolish shortcut is taken.An
important regulation is ignored.
This time the
“matchbook” explodes in flame, lives are lost, and the ecology of the Gulf is
put at risk.
silly regulations lead to complacency.Sometimes the excess regulations which are put in place to avoid an
accident can cause important procedures to be trivialized.
Was the BP
explosion the result of inadequate regulation, or overregulation?I don’t know, I don’t know squat about offshore
oil drilling, but I can see a scenario where a disaster could be caused by the
very regulations which were devised to avert any accident.
preceding Cranky opinion is not necessarily that of management