While some companies are critical of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for publishing the names of employers that violate safety standards before they've been proven guilty, the agency does it to encourage others to adopt safety rules, according to David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Michaels notes that more companies are paying more attention to safety. All the tools the agency uses have one point to hammer home: "Change what you're doing in the workplace in a way that makes a big difference, and that will really reduce injury and illness," said Michaels.

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