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The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor that was signed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act on December 30th, 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon. The Occupational Safety and Health Act states its purpose as the following:To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and for other purposes.
OSHA federal regulations cover most private sector workplaces. State and local government workers are not covered by Federal OSHA, but they do have protections by the Occupied Safety and Health Act if they work in a state that has an OSHA approved state program. For more information on coverage in your state, please see the OSHA regional offices link listed below.
The following is a brief list of standard workers' rights under OSHA that apply to most worksites:
Several employer duties include:
For further details on information and OSHA regulations more specific to your workplace, please visit www.osha.gov in the links below.
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Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
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