The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is the primary federal law which governs occupational health and safety in both private and public US business settings. Enacted by Congress in 1970, OSHA’s main goal is to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions. The act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Members can find its primary clauses in the United States Code at Title 29, Chapter 15.
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