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What Is The US Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA)?

The US Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency in the Department of Labor that issues safety regulations across the United States and makes certain that companies do not violate workplace safety and health standards. Overall, the OSHA works toward preventing workplace injuries, on-the-job fatalities, and work-related illnesses and chronic conditions. Created in 1970, the OSHA exists to protect workers from dangerous conditions, such as heavy equipment, chemical exposure, and falls. Critics of the OSHA feel that the agency does not do enough to enforce safety regulations, especially in the wake of a fatal worker accident. However, over the last 30 years a number of changes have been made to the OSHA meant to improve the government agency’s ability to create and enforce safety rules.

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