Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in order to protect employees from work-related injuries and illnesses, thereby reducing the burden that such injuries place on levels of production, wages, medical expenses and disability payments. OSHA imposes upon employers the general duty to provide a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that may cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Further, employers have the duty to comply with OSHA’s various safety and health standards. In turn, OSHA imposes upon employees the duty to conduct themselves safely and responsibly so as to comply with OSHA”s standards.