OSHA's stated mission is "to ensure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards...and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health."
Created in 1970 by the Occupational and Safety Health Act, OSHA has established workplace rules and guidance. Departments and employees both have a responsibility to make our workplaces as safe as possible. Department directors should be familiar with OSHA regulations and enforce them in their departments. Workplace safety review should be a regular part of the supervisor's department management. Risk Management will assist departments in assessing safety issues, policies, and reviews.
Any employee can request Risk Management review a workplace safety policy.
OSHA inspectors can inspect a workplace without giving notice. If an OSHA inspector arrives for an inspection ask for proper identification, cooperate fully, contact Risk Management. OSHA will assess monetary penalties on companies that fail to provide safe working conditions. As with the NYS Fire Inspection, departments are responsible for payment of assessed penalties.