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Occupational Safety & Health Act: FAQs

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The Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) sets workplace safety and health standards and requires employers to maintain a workplace free of recognized hazards. The act is administered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, which conducts safety/health inspections.

Among the issues covered by the Occupational Safety & Health Act are hazard communication standards and how to disseminate them; record-keeping and reporting requirements; and the types of complaints that trigger OSHA inspections.

Key Definitions

Recognized hazards are identifiable to employers as hazardous because they are either blatantly dangerous or are common hazards to the business or industry.


Any company engaged in a business affecting interstate commerce is covered by OSHA and may be subject to inspection.

OSHA safety and health standards govern general, construction, maritime, and agricultural industries, and any industr...(register to read more)

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