Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is accountable for overseeing and imposing the federal OSH Act of 1970. OSHA regulations established out uniform national standards for workplace safety and health practices throughout the country. There are rules for risk assessments, employee safety and health, hazard communication, record keeping, OSHA inspections, employee rights, penalties, and most frequent OSHA violations.
Some states have their own federally permitted occupational protection and health regulatory programs; these are known as “state-plan” states. Regulations in state-plan states must be at least as strict as federal OSHA regulations, but states may adopt stricter regulations.
What does OSHA do?
OSHA implement the following policies to aid employers and employees diminish injuries, illnesses, and deaths on the job:
Implementation – making sure OSHA Regulations are followed
Aid – outreach & training to employers and employees
Team work – partnerships and alliances through voluntary programs
OSHA encourages workplace care and health by:
Imposing new (or better) safety and health management systems.
Carrying out work-site inspections. Companies failing to OSHA Regulations may be quoted and/or fined.
Helping cooperative programs together with Voluntary Protection Programs, OSHA Strategic Partnerships, and other industry Alliances.
Creating specific rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.
Associate innovation in dealing with workplace hazards.
Establishing record-keeping and reporting requirements for employers.
Developing training programs for occupational safety and health personnel.
Partnering with states that operate their own occupational safety and health programs.
Supporting the OSHA Consultation Program.
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