Feb 13 2011

What is OSHA?

Category: Safety Supplies


In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act which, in turn, created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This administration was setup to ensure safe working conditions for American citizens by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, education, and assistance.

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

The OSH Act covers employers and their employees either directly through federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. State programs must meet or exceed federal OSHA standards for workplace safety and health.

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