Legal, Safety and Regulatory Requirements

998 Words Jan 28th, 2012 4 Pages
Safety In The Workplace
Kristy Roper
HCS/341
January 17, 2012
Joseph N. Atkins

Safety In The Workplace Data from the Bureau of Labor statistics states that over 4.1 million people were injured on the job in 2006 and 5,488 were killed in 2007 (Gomez-Mejia, Balkin, & Cardy, 2010). All levels of government have passed laws to regulate and maintain safety in the workplace. There are two basic levels of workplace safety laws that affect most workers. On a state level it is workers' compensation laws. On a federal level it is the Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Gomez-Mejia, Balkin, & Cardy, 2010). When it comes to the various objectives, policies, and operations of these two levels of law, one will notice how
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The Occupations Safety and Health Review Commission reviews OSHA citations and operates independently of OSHA itself. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health exists to research safety and health problems. They assist OSHA in creating new health and safety standards. They have the right to inspect the workplace and obtain information from employers and employees about hazardous materials. They also train inspectors and other people associated with enforcing OSHA regulations. (Gomez-Mejia, Balkin, & Cardy, 2010) OSHA itself is run by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor (DOL) has three agencies that "have the responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the laws enacted to protect the safety and health of workers in America." (Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov) The DOL's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. This Act protects the safety and health of all workers employed in our nation's mines. "The Act applies to all mining and mineral processing operations in the United States regardless of size, number of employees, or method of extraction." (Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov) The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) contains rules regarding the employment of young workers under the age of 18. This is administered and enforced by the DOL's Wage and Hour division. The FLSA is intended to protect the youth of
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