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Passed with bipartisan support, the creation of

OSHA was a historic moment of cooperative

national reform. The OSHA law makes it clear that

the right to a safe workplace is a basic human right.

Since OSHA’s first day on the job, the agency

has delivered remarkable progress for our nation.

Workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths have

fallen dramatically. Together with our state

partners, OSHA has tackled deadly safety hazards

and health risks. We have established common

sense standards and enforced the law against

those who put workers at risk. Our standards,

enforcement actions, compliance assistance and

cooperative programs have saved thousands of

lives and prevented countless injuries and illnesses.

Looking to the future, OSHA is committed to

protecting workers from toxic chemicals and

deadly safety hazards at work, ensuring that

vulnerable workers in high-risk jobs have access

to critical information and education about job

hazards, and providing employers with vigorous

compliance assistance to promote best practices

that can save lives.

Although our task is far from complete, our

progress gives us hope and confidence that

OSHA will continue to make a lasting difference in

the lives of our nation’s 130 million workers, their

families and their communities. Congress created OSHA to assure safe and

healthful conditions for working men and women

by setting and enforcing standards and providing

training, outreach, education and compliance


Under the OSHA law, employers are responsible

for providing a safe and healthful workplace for

their workers.OSHA’s safety and health standards, including

those for asbestos, fall protection, cotton dust,

trenching, machine guarding, benzene, lead and

bloodborne pathogens have prevented countless

work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Nevertheless, far too many preventable injuries

and fatalities continue to occur. Significant

hazards and unsafe conditions still exist in U.S.

workplaces; each year more than 3.3 million

working men and women suffer a serious

job-related injury or illness. Millions more are

exposed to toxic chemicals that may cause

illnesses years from now.

In addition to the direct impact on individual

workers, the negative consequences for

America’s economy are substantial. Occupational

injuries and illnesses cost American employers OSHA covers most private sector employers and

workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,

and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through

Federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved

state plan.

State plans are OSHA-approved job safety and

health programs operated by individual states

instead of Federal OSHA. The OSH Act encourages

states to develop and operate their own job

safety and health programs and precludes state

enforcement of OSHA standards unless the state

has an approved program. OSHA approves and

monitors all state plans and provides as much

as fifty percent of the funding for each program.

State-run safety and health programs must be at

least as effective as the Federal OSHA program.

To find the contact information for the OSHA

federal or state plan office nearest you, call 1-800-

321-OSHA (6742) or go to www.osha.gov.

The following 22 states or territories have

OSHA-approved state programs:

• Alaska • Arizona

• California • Hawaii

• Indiana • Iowa

• Kentucky • Maryland

• Michigan • Minnesota

• Nevada • New Mexico

• North Carolina • Oregon

• Puerto Rico • South Carolina

• Tennessee • Utah

• Vermont • Virginia

• Washington • Wyoming