In 1970, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress enacted the OSH Act whose purpose was to “regulate commerce among the several States and with foreign nations and to provide for the general welfare, to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.”
Protecting lives is the primary function of OSHA. Under the General Duty Clause, employers are legally bound to evaluate hazards and provide adequate protection for its employees. OSHA regulations for General Industry and Construction, as well as Maritime and Agriculture provides employers with a minimum standard in the protection of their workers.
Free consultation services are provided by OSHA on request to any employer who desires to go above and beyond the minimum standards. A partnership with OSHA can help the employer evaluate and improve working conditions, leading to improvement in overall morale of their workers, and can potentially lower the company’s injury rate and E-Mod through programs such as SHARP and the Voluntary Protection Program. Working together with OSHA, employers can build sustainable safety cultures resulting in better safety records, which will save the company time and money. In today’s world, a bad safety record is bad for business. Improving your safety culture can, in turn, improve your safety record and may potentially open doors to more business.
Why OSHA was created
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