Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Definition - What does Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mean?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization in the United Sates that ensures that employees are safe and healthy within their work environment. The organization was created by Congress in 1971 and lays down laws and standards to be followed by employers for the safety of its workers.

In trenchless construction and other construction related activities, workplace accidents are very commonly reported. Adhering to OSHA standards will ensure safe working conditions for employees and smooth business operations for employers.

Trenchlesspedia explains Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA was brought into existence because of the high rate of workplace related accidents and deaths. Before OSHA was enacted, an estimated 2.5 million people were reported disabled due to work related accidents, and about 14,000 workers lost their life annually. The rates of deaths and accidents have been drastically reduced following implementation of OSHA. All businesses are required to adhere to OSHA standards irrespective of the number of employees.

OSHA's illness and injury prevention program helps predict potential hazards and prevent related accidents. OSHA trains, educates and assists employers for a more productive work environment. It also helps employers to prevent excessive financial burden resulting from accidents requiring fines to be paid, and compensation to be made to workers and their families.

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