Get off that ladder! Watch your step! Heads up! The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is on a mission to assure the safety and health of the American workforce. OSHA establishes safety standards and provides enforcement, training, and incentives. It partners with states to put 1,100 inspectors on the job through more than 200 offices nationwide. All workers, except miners, transportation workers, public employees, and the self-employed, fall under the protection of OSHA. The agency publishes a long list of guides and fact sheets. The agency, part of the
US Department of Labor
, was created in 1971 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA's annual budget is just over $550 million.
OSHA provides a free on-site consultation service for small businesses with fewer than 250 workers at a site (and no more than 500 employees nationwide). Its compliance assistance specialists provide general information about OSHA standards and compliance assistance resources.
The company offers its services in the 50 states and also in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Wake Island.