OSHA – A Brief Understanding

OSHA consists of a slew of regulations pertaining to safety at the workplace. Based on the kind of work they do, organizations need to put respective guidelines in place to ensure safety of their workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a United States agency that has the purpose of ensuring safety at the workplace for men and women by creating safety standards. The United States Department of Labor (DoL), under which OSHA comes, oversees the implementation of these standards by providing relevant education, training and outreach programs to concerned employers and employees. A very important feature of OSHA is that it provides for whistleblower opportunities with its statutes and regulations.

President Richard Nixon signed the OSHA into law in late 1970. Since then, it has undergone a series of additions and changes into its various statutes. Some of its notable features include:

  • It covers employees in both the government and private sectors in all 50 States
  • OSHA-approved federal government worker safety and health programs vary from those in States
  • For private employees, federal OSHA approves individual State OSHA programs and fund about half of all OSHA-compliant State programs
  • It is not applicable to self-employed individuals

A Snapshot of its Functions



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