The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

This paper examines the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA): Factual mandates, criticism and problems of funding, enforcement and employer implementation.

The purpose of this research is to examine the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) not only to learn of its factual mandates, but, more importantly, to discover criticism levied against it by business, labor and consumer advocates alike resulting from problems many faced attempting to implement this controversial law.

Approved by Congress on December 29, 1970, OSHA in brief aims to assure safe and healthful working conditions by ensuring enforcement of standards developed under the Act, by assisting and encouraging states in their efforts to assure such working conditions, and by providing for research, information, education and training in occupational safety and health..

The employer, under the Act, is responsible for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions, in particular for …

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