OSHA Standards


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), seeks to make workplaces safer and healthier by making and enforcing regulations called standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Act, established in 1970 under the Nixon Administration, itself establishes only one workplace standard. It is called the "general duty standard." The general duty standard states: "Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."

OSHA Standards

PART 1904 - Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

 Subpart A -- Purpose.

The purpose of this rule (part 1904) is to require employers to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.

Note to § 1904.0: Recording or reporting a work-related injury, illness, or fatality does not mean that the employer or employee was at fault, that an OSHA rule has been violated, or that the employee is eligible for workers' compensation or other benefits.

PART 1910 - Occupational Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, which took effect in 1971. OSHA's mission is to ensure that every working man and woman in the nation is employed under safe and healthful working conditions. OSHA is an administrative agency within the United States Department of Labor and is therefore administered by an assistant secretary of labor.

USPS ELM- 811.1 Authority

The Postal Service™ is subject to Public Law Number 91–596, the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, pursuant to the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act (PESEA) of 1998. The OSH Act provides for citations, penalties, and criminal referrals for those employers who fail to comply. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for promulgating and enforcing standards and regulations under the OSH Act.