PHONE: 1-800-321-0742

WEBSITE: https://www.osha.gov/

OSHA’s Mission

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by

setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.


OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor

for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the

cabinet of the President of the United States.

OSHA Coverage

The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and

workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. Those jurisdictions include the

District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Wake Island,

Johnston Island, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands as defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.