OSHA is the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. Founded in 1971, OSHA’s mission is to "assure safe and healthful working
conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." It was established to protect workers conditions and provide health and safety requirements from businesses and training to the workers. OSHA was founded on three principles:
- That all workers deserve a safe workplace
- That workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities are not just "Acts of God"; rather they are preventable
- That workers should not have to choose between their lives and their jobs.
Dr. David Michaels, who is the Assistant Secretary of Labor, wrote an article about OSHA and the progress it has made. He says that the strides that have been made as a society are noteworthy. When OSHA was passed into law in 1970 there were 14,000 worker deaths per year in America, which is now down to 4,400 in 2009 – in a workforce that is double the size. Similarly, workplace injuries are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to fewer than 4 per 100 workers in 2009. The OSHA laws protect the works health and safety, which is why they are so important. Conversely, OSHA violations can put workers in unnecessary dangerous conditions without the workers knowledge. If you believe that you are exposed to unsafe conditions as a result of a OSHA violation you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Attorneys can explain what are your rights under OSHA and what OSHA requires out of your employers. Nobody should be subjected to unsafe conditions because of another persons, or businesses, negligence.