The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA is an agency of the United States Department of Labor, enacted in 1970 as the premier authority of safe and healthful conditions in the workplace, to ensure safe and healthful working conditions by setting and enforcing industry standards. Annual costs for employee injuries and illnesses are estimated at approximately $250 Billion per year. Traditionally, OSHA has focused primarily on industries with high injury illness frequency, and with healthcare being considered a low hazard industry, they have received little attention. Recently, however, the number of inspections and the amount per violation has increased substantially, encouraging doctors and their teams to prioritize their compliance with OSHA Standards. OSHA Compliance is not only a legal requirement, but it's in the best interest of your patients, your team, and your practice.
The OSH Act of 1970
To ensure safety and healthful working conditions for working men and women by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the states in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and for other purposes.