In 1970, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress enacted the OSH Act whose purpose was to “regulate commerce among the several States and with foreign nations and to provide for the general welfare, to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.”
Protecting lives is the primary function of OSHA.Under the General Duty Clause, employers are legally bound to evaluate hazards and provide adequate protection for its employees. OSHA regulations for General Industry and Construction, as well as Maritime and Agricultureprovides employers with a minimum standard in the protection of their workers.
In today’s world, a bad safety record is bad for business. Improving your safety culture can, in turn, improve your safety record and may potentially open doors to more business. One of the basic steps to improving safety culture is to provide workers with the knowledge they need to work safely. OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 classes provide that basic knowledge. These classes are currently required by many companies before they will consider hiring a contractor to do work on their sites. Having knowledgeable workers is an essential element in today’s market. Training is one of the keys that can unlock the door to new opportunities.
Why OSHA was created