Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

On December 29, 1970 President Nixon signed into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect workers’ safety and health. The purpose of the legislation was to “assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions”.

The push for this type of federal regulatory program for workplace safety came about from officials in the Labor Department who were dissatisfied with the limited scope of authority to regulate safety in the workplace. Worker Safety is still a core union principle.