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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab
Deputy Assistant Secretary Dorothy Dougherty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), created pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.), assures safe and healthful working conditions for men and women by promulgating common sense, protective health, and safety standards; enforcing workplace safety and health rules; providing training, outreach, education, and assistance to workers and employers in their efforts to control workplace hazards; prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; and partnering with States that run their own OSHA-approved programs.

Sources of Information

Enforcement Cases

The OSHA Web site features a nationwide map of enforcement cases with initial penalties above $40,000.

File a Complaint

Information on how to file a safety and health complaint and an electronic complaint form are available on the OSHA Web site. Phone, 800-321-6742.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The OSHA is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSHA posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.

Injury and Illness Data

The OSHA Web site features a searchable, establishment-specific database for establishments that provided OSHA with valid data from 1996 through 2011.

Workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics are available on the OSHA Web site.

Make a Report

Employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related amputation, hospitalization, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours; an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours. An employer should be prepared to supply the name of the business, the names of employees who were affected, the location and time of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and a contact person and phone number.


The OSHA posts news releases, which can be sorted by subject, date, or region, on its Web site.

The "What's New" Web page features news items that are organized chronologically.


A complete listing of OSHA regional and area offices is available online.


OSHA publications are accessible online.

Site Index

An A–Z index is available on the OSHA Web site.


In the top right corner of the OSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the Web site can toggle between content in Spanish or English.

Training / Education

Stand-alone, interactive, Web-based training tools—eTools and the eMatrix—are available on the OSHA Web site. These tools are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus.

Prevention video training tools (v-tools) on construction hazards are available on the OSHA Web site. These videos show how workers can be injured suddenly or even killed on the job. The videos assist those who are in the construction industry with identifying, reducing, and eliminating hazards. The videos are presented in clear, accessible vocabulary; show common construction worksite activities; and most are 2–4 minutes long.

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