Occupational Safety and Health Administration and United States

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The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. It was created by Congress of the United States under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, signed by President Richard M. Nixon, on December 29, 1970. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing rules called standards for workplace safety and health. The agency is headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor. OSHA federal regulations cover most private sector workplaces. The OSH Act permits states to develop approved plans as long as they cover public sector employees and they provide protection equivalent to that provided under Federal OSHA…show more content…
Respiratory protection and safety belts and lines are also protection that could prove beneficial on the construction site. For instance, safety belts would be needed if a high rise building was being constructed. Respiratory protection is needed when underground construction is being performed to protect from harmful gasses that may be emitted. Hazards are very common on a construction site. This makes barricades and accident prevention signs very important. Accident prevention signs shall be visible at all times when work is being performed, and shall be removed or covered promptly when the hazards no longer exist. They should also be color coded to represent certain types of hazards. Barricades are used mainly for construction where traffic may come into play. They protect workers that may be working in an area where vehicles could possible be a danger. There is a large section of the OSHA standards that deals with tools that are commonly used on a construction site. This section is very important because it governs what tools can be used on a site and how they can be used. If the tools require a guard, they should only be used when the guard is attached to the tool. The same is required for any welding equipment is being used. Concrete masonry construction has a set of OSHA requirements all to themselves. No construction loads shall be placed on a concrete structure or portion of a concrete structure
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