Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff
OSHA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with a yearlong celebration of past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives to protect the American workforce. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970, the OSH Act was created “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women,” laying the groundwork for creation of OSHA the following spring.
Following the establishment of the OSH Act, workplace fatalities were reduced approximately 65 percent. “America’s workplaces are safer and healthier thanks to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the thousands of individuals at the Labor Department who have implemented the act over the last 50 years,” says Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “The OSH Act is a cornerstone of worker protection in our country, and thanks to OSHA’s work, countless American workers have gotten home safely to their families each day.”
“The creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made real, demonstrable improvement in worker safety in the United States,” adds Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. From the adoption of the first national health standard, to the affirmation of the imminent danger provisions and whistleblower protection laws, to the creation of training institutes and education grants, OSHA remains focused on its mission to safeguard the health and safety of the American worker, she adds.