Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Definition - What does Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) mean?

Occupational Safety and Health Act, abbreviated as OSHA is a set of guidelines that ensures safe working conditions for all workers by empowering various standards. The major goal of the act is to ensure that the employers provide their employees with a work environment free from the recognized dangers like excessive levels of noise, cold or heat stress, unsanitary conditions, exposure to any toxic chemical and mechanical dangers. The act also grants that the employees have a right to have a workplace free from the unknown dangers to them and their co-workers.

Petropedia explains Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed to assure the safety of the workplace and the workers. The primary aim of the act is to reduce the hazards in the workplace by implementing various health and safety programs for both the employees and employers. The act gives various rights to the employees including:

  • to receive proper information and training in the layman's terms on various dangers in their workplace, methods of avoiding injuries and the applicable laws and standards;
  • to receive and review the documentation on the work-related injuries and illness at their job site;
  • to make a complaint confidentially with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the workplace;
  • to take part and accompany the team inspecting the workplace if desired; and
  • to receive copies of all the tests carried out for measuring the workplace dangers.
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