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Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) has at its core the recognition that every worker has a right to a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. When a potential hazard is identified, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Labor Department, develops a standard against which workplace practices or conditions should be measured. Unlike some other employment regulations, OSHA requirements are applied universally to all employers, regardless of the volume of business they conduct or the number of people in their employ.



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