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The occupational safety & health act of 1970
What Is OSHA? The Two Terms of OSHA
Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) – An Act signed into law by former President Richard M. Nixon on December 29th, 1970.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – An agency of the United States Department of Labor, established UNDER the Occupational Safety and Health Act to help regulate and enforce the OSH Act.
Why Do We Need the OSH Act?
Provide worker safety
Provide health protection
Avoid accidents or even death
Constant research into prevention
Provide workers with a place free from recognized hazards to safety and health.
Exposure to toxic chemicals
Excessive noise levels
Heat or cold stress
What Did It Hope To Solve?
To save lives, prevent injuries and protect America’s workers.
Saving companies money by increasing medical costs.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good: Workers felt safer with policies & safety equipment. Safety standards were a law and employers had to abide by them, be fined or lose their business.
The Bad: Unexpected safety inspections, Loss of production & Out of date laws. Does not cover self-employed, family owned farms, workplaces already protected by other government agencies.
The Ugly: OSHA inspectors not stepping up to their responsibilities, causing injuries and death.
Main Points of OSH Act
Fall protection (Using protection when mopping, using hand rails, etc.)
Hazard Communication (Labeling ANYTHING hazardous).
Scaffolding Protection (Using safety precautions when on scaffolding).
Respiratory Protection (Using protection when working around chemicals, smoke, debris, etc.).
Control of Hazardous Energy (Wearing suits, lock out and contamination).
Ladder & Height Safety (Safety in high places).
Electrical Wiring Method Standards (Electrical systems up to code).
Machinery & Machine Guarding (Using gloves, guards on saws, etc).
Electrical System Design (Making sure power cords, outlets, etc. are in proper and safe places).
OSH Act’s Impact In Our World
We have learned the dangers of the workplace and how to avoid accidents and even death.
The OSH Administration works year-round to expand their knowledge.
They care about all safety whether it be working in a shoe store, a farm, or a nuclear power plant.
Worker deaths in America are down from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
Worker injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.0 per 100 in 2015.