More than 90 million American spend their days on the job. They are the most valuable national resource directory. And since 1970, no uniform and comprehensive standards to ensure the safety of the workplace and their protection against health hazards.
How OSHA Form?
In 1970, Congress considered the annual figures as follows:
- Work related accidents accounted for more than 14,000 employee deaths.
- Almost 2 1/2 million workers were disabled.
- Ten times as many person-days disappeared Occupational disability from strikes.
- The estimated new cases of occupational diseases amounted to 300,000
In terms of productivity and wages, medical, expenses and disability benefits, effort catalog nation was overwhelming. Human cost was beyond calculation. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1979 (the Act) was passed by a bipartisan Congress “… to ensure as far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve human resources in.”
What is OSHA?
According to the Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created within the Department of Labor.
Simply stated, OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is responsible for employee safety and health.
Since its inception in 1970, OSHA has cut labor mortality by more than half, reducing the overall injury and illness rates in industries where OSHA has focused its attention, virtually eliminated brown lung disease in the textile industry and reduce Trenching and excavation fatalities about 35 percent.
OSHA is administered through the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL and follow more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and regulations that carry out many activities cover work on 10 million employers and 125 million employees.
What Is OSHA Cover?
OSHA determines which standards apply to the workplace and requires you to follow these standards and requirements.
All employees and their employers under Federal authority covered by OSHA. Coverage is either directly from the federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved and state program. OSHA does not apply to self-employed or immediate members of farm families who do not employ outside workers.
OSHA offers a lot of sites on osha.gov which includes a section devoted to training, compliance assistance, application state, small businesses, buildings, as well as interactive eTools to help employers and employees.
OSHA also offers outreach training for employers and employees to confirm the risk recognition. Some states now mandate training.