Occupational Safety & Health Administration

OSHA's Purpose

OSHA's job is to assure a safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

History of OSHA

  • President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on December 29, 1970 to protect workers' safety and health.
  • The push for this type of federal regulation program came from officials in the Labor Department who were dissatisfied with the limited scope of authority to regulate safety in the workplace.
  • To administer the Act, the Secretary of Labor created a new division in the Labor Department which became OSHA.

Employer's Responsibility

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace. OHSA accomplishes this by having employers comply with all applicable OSHA standards. Employers must also comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires employers to keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards.
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