It’s hard to believe the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has been around for 50 years. If you’re interested in knowing how OSHA came about and how it has changed over the past 50 years, read on.
50 Years of Achievements
Some of OSHA’s major achievements over the past 50 years include the 1978 cotton dust standard that reduced worker fatalities by 90%, and the nationwide observances they have led like the Annual Trench Safety Stand-Down and Fall Prevention Stand-Down that reach hundreds of thousands of workers with important safety messages. In recent years, OSHA has issued standards for silica dust, cranes, confined spaces, and the classification and labeling of work-related chemicals.
OSHA has worked diligently throughout the decades to improve workplace safety but they still have work to do, but they have significantly reduced accidents and worker deaths by 60% since the early days of OSHA. OSHA’s mission is more important now than ever and they will continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of our nation’s workers, their families and their communities.
If You’re Reading This, OSHA’s Probably a Big Part of Your Work Life
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