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50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

Feb 18, 2020 9:33:04 AM


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new webpage marking the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the landmark worker safety and health law that led to the creation of OSHA.

The webpage highlights transformative workplace improvements over the past half century, from
OSHA’s first standards and whistleblower protections, to assistance programs for small
businesses, and the creation of training centers and education grants to help everyone understand
and comply with the law.

Visit to find 50th anniversary events and information on OSHA’s efforts
to protect America’s workforce.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing
safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these
conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and
providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the
wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions;
advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Eastern Michigan University has served as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center since 1995. Visit to learn more about occupational safety and health training available through the Great Lakes OSHA Education Center at EMU.

Topics: Health & Safety