Short-term maximization of profits often means minimizing costs. A consequence of this is that the occupational risks to workers are assigned very low priority. Many industries operate sophisticated production processes with obsolete or unsafe machinery. Skilled and experienced personnel to service and maintain equipment is often lacking. Spare parts are difficult to obtain. In many countries, the process for establishing standards and regulations to govern occupational health and safety in the workplace is either very recent or outmoded. Governments often lack adequate resources and technical capability to develop, implement, and sustain institutional and regulatory mechanisms to protect the well-being and health of workers.