Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization (part of the Department of Labor) that ensures safe and healthy working conditions for Americans by enforcing standards and providing workplace safety training.
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Created in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s main goal is to protect the rights and safety of workers by preventing workplace injuries and deaths and holding employers accountable for safe workplaces. OSHA provides workers and employers with information about hazardous working conditions and they offer free assessment for workplace dangers.
There is a strict set of federal safety standards to which all businesses must adhere. These regulations cover things like disposal of hazardous materials, required personal safety equipment such as safety goggles, permitted noise levels and fall protection. OSHA inspects workplaces to ensure they’re following all regulations to reduce chances of accident or injury.