Small Business Glossary and Definitions

What is OSHA?

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency dedicated to making sure that employees are working in conditions that are safe and healthy, as determined by various standards that employers have to follow in the workplace. OSHA was formed in 1970 and maintains standards for every industry. OSHA has regulations for very dangerous jobs as well as for jobs that people don’t usually think of as dangerous, such as office work. OSHA is overseen by the Assistant Secretary of Labor.