This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration celebrated its 50th anniversary of the OSH Act of 1970 signed into law by President Richard Nixon on Jan 21, 1970.
The aim of the Act is “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women, by:
- Authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act;
- Assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions;
- Providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and
- For other purposes”.
Under the Act, workers are entitled to a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm.
According to a news release by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA will commemorate the 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of past achievements, current efforts, and future initiatives to protect the American workforce.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia said, “America’s workplaces are safer and healthier thanks to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the thousands of individuals at the Labor Department who have implemented the act over the last 50 years, adding, “The OSH Act is a cornerstone of worker protection in our country, and thanks to OSHA’s work, countless American workers have gotten home safely to their families each day.”
From the adoption of the first national health standard to the affirmation of the imminent danger provisions and whistleblower protection laws to the creation of training institutes and education grants, OSHA remains focused on its mission to safeguard the health and safety of the American worker.
SUN News Report regularly features the latest news and information regarding OSHA’s efforts to protect the American workforce.