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What is OSHA? Part 1

In 1970, the United States government signed into law the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or the OSH Act, designed to help protect Americans in the workplace. At the same time, it created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly called OSHA. Before OSHA, American workers were often subjected to dangerous and hazardous conditions that could lead to serious injuries, illness and in many cases, death.

Whether it was on a farm with dangerous and deadly equipment, in a factory with exposure to chemicals or products that could cause a serious illness, on a construction site with large supplies and equipment or in a warehouse with products and forklifts that could cause bodily harm, OSHA's goals are to make certain that the workplace environment is free of known hazards and if hazards exists, that employees are equipped with all necessary safety supplies and gear to assure their safety.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has set specific guidelines that must be followed by employers to assure a safe working environment. The administration not only is in charge of overseeing the regulations to make certain that companies are not in violation, but they also serve to help workers who suspect their working environment may be dangerous. In addition, they also help workers who have been injured or become ill as a result of their workplace.

If you are dealing with a workplace accident, injury or illness, you may find it difficult to address workers' compensation claims or handle Social Security disability issues. Finding a law firm familiar with personal injury might be helpful to a victim in determining whether the could be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Workplace Safety: OSHA and OSH Act Overview," Accessed June 26, 2017

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