Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA /ˈʃə/) is a large regulatory agency of the United States Department of Labor that originally had federal visitorial powers to inspect and examine workplaces.[2]:12,16 Congress established the agency under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which President Richard M. Nixon signed into law on December 29, 1970. OSHA's mission is to "assure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance".[3] The agency is also charged with enforcing a variety of whistleblower statutes and regulations. OSHA's workplace safety inspections have been shown to reduce injury rates and injury costs without adverse effects to employment, sales, credit ratings, or firm survival.[4]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Agency overview
FormedApril 28, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-04-28)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersFrances Perkins Building
Washington, D.C.
Employees2,265 (2015)[1]
Annual budget$552 million (2015)[1]
Agency executive
  • Jim Frederick, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Parent departmentUnited States Department of Labor