Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the Department of Labor of the United States. It is primarily responsible for implementing and regulating workplace programs to mitigate hazardous risks to employees and the public at large. Many potentially hazardous substances, such as corrosive byproducts or corrosion prevention substances (e.g., coatings) are regulated by OSHA.

Corrosionpedia explains Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. The goal of the agency is to facilitate safe workplaces by creating and enforcing standards and guidelines.

In addition to workplace specific regulations, OSHA oversees certain health and safety regulations pertaining to the public. These include the safety of amusement rides, ski lifts, elevators and pressure vessels.

To enforce alignment to its issued standards, OSHA conducts inspections of the industrial facilities it regulates within the United States. The inspections may also be instigated by the occurrence of a significant incident, multiple employee hospitalizations, referrals, workplace fatalities and worker complaints, among others. Where employer fault or misconduct is found, OSHA reserves the right to issue fines or citations.

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