Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
August 22, 2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency in the United States Department of Labor. OSHA came about because of the numerous health and safety issues within health care facilities. In health care facilities the issues related to OSHA include bloodborne pathogens, biological hazards, respiratory hazards, potential chemical and drug exposures, and hazards associated with laboratories to name a few. OSHA helps employers and their employees stay safe and reduce job injuries, deaths as well as illnesses. Many large health care facilities employ a wide range of trades which has health and safety hazards associated with them which can include medical equipment maintenance, housekeeping, mechanical maintenance, laundry, and food service to name some. OSHA wants to protect all American workers. The Pinnacle Systems, Inc (2000) stated, “Whether you are an employer, employee, or have a family member who works, you should know about OSHA. The OSH Act covers: All employers and their employees in the 50 states and all territories and jurisdictions under federal authority” (What Does OSHA Do? para. 1). OSHA has assured Americans a safe and healthier place to work in hopes of reduce even more injuries, deaths or illnesses on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration came about by Congress and was later signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970. The United States Department of Labor states, “Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s role is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for search, information, education, and training in the field of...