What is OSHA?

October 23, 2009

OSHA is a federal government agency that falls under the Department of Labor. OSHA, which was created in 1970, is responsible for ensuring that employers maintain safe and healthy work environments.

Its official mission is to “to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.”

 

In order to ensure that workplaces are safe, OSHA has developed and implemented a number of standards and policies with which employers must comply. The general requirements employers must comply with include:

  • Allowing OSHA to inspect the premises both without notice or in response to an employee complaint
  • Providing workers with information on OSHA protections through notifications and posters in the workplace
  • Providing workers with information on how to identify dangerous substances in the workplace and training on how to treat injuries if they come into contact with those substances
  • Providing workers with information on first aid procedures
  • Providing workers with emergency training

Finally, under OSHA, employers are forbidden from taking action against an employer who files a complaint report an alleged OSHA violation.

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