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  • David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • Deborah Berkowitz, Senior Policy Advisor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Biography
  • M. Lucero Ortiz, Chief of Staff, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA's Mission

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)* to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Organization

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA's administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

OSHA Coverage

The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. Those jurisdictions include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Wake Island, Johnston Island, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands as defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Additional Resources


* Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Office of Communications at 202-693-1999 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

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