Welcome to OSHA Safety Standards 101
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.
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OSHA federal regulations cover most private sector workplaces. The OSH Act permits states to develop approved plans as long as they cover public sector employees and they provide protection equivalent to that provided under Federal OSHA regulations.
OSHA standards are set forth in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The most widely-folllowed OSHA regulations can be found in Parts 1904, 1910 and 1926. OSHA non-compliance with these standards can result in fines up to $70,000, depending on the severity of the violation in terms of potential harm to workers.
OSHA standards are divided into five major industry categories: