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Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

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Office of Public Affairs
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

1-800-321-6742 (Voice - Toll-free),
202-693-1999 (Voice),
1-877-889-5627 (TTY), Toll-free

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Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to encourage employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and implement new or improved safety and health programs; establish separate but dependent responsibilities and rights for employers and employees to achieve better safety and health conditions; maintain a reporting and record-keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses; develop mandatory job safety and health standards and enforce them; and provide for the development, analysis, evaluation, and approval of State occupational safety and health programs. The Act provides six distinct provisions for protecting the safety and health of Federal workers on the job. OSHA also encourages a broad range of voluntary workplace improvement efforts, including consultation programs, training and education efforts, grants to establish safety and health competence, and a variety of similar programs.


Serial Publication: QuickTakes - OSHA's twice monthly e-Newsletter on workplace safety and health, that highlights upcoming events, news, OSHA training and other resources. Publications: OSHA brochures covering a wide variety of specialized topics including cooperative programs (VPP, Alliances), Spanish Language publications, OSHA Standards, QuickCards, which are small, laminated cards that provide brief, plain language safety and health information for employees, Cards, Magnets, and more on Workers' Rights. Visit


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Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 91-596, Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, December 29, 1970; and as amended by P.L. 101-552, and 3101, November 5 1990


Date Entered: 6/1/1997
Date Edited: 3/28/2013
Date Revised: 10/26/1999
Health Referral Number: HR1739
Accession Number: DP91A0484

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