See: occupational safety and health administration at US Department of Labor
Law: US Code (Search for Title 29, Chapter 15: Occupational Safety and Health, Sections 651-678)
Regulations: US Code of Federal Regulations (Search for Title 29, Subtitle B, Chapter XVII: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, starting with Section 1900)
Summary: The Occupational and Safety Health (OSH) Act, originally enacted in 1970, establishes standards to ensure worker and workplace safety from recognized hazards such as toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress or unsanitary conditions. The Act sets general rights and responsibilities for employers and employees, and addresses workplace discrimination issues.
OSHA creates substance-specific and industry-specific standards, such as the Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry .
The OSHA Cancer Policy, Part 1990 of the OSH Act, establishes criteria and procedures for the identification, classification, and regulation of potential occupational carcinogens found in each workplace regulated by OSHA. A database of information about toxic workplace chemicals, such as mercury and asbestos, are maintained jointly by OSHA and the US Environmental Protection Agency in their OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database .
The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set standards and conduct workplace inspections, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct research on worker safety and health issues. States are encouraged to establish their own worker safety plans, which are approved, monitored and partially funded by OSHA.
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