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About OSHA

  • Douglas L. Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • James Frederick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • Amanda Edens, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health - Biography
  • Emily Hargrove, Chief of Staff - Biography
  • Natalicia Tracy, Senior Policy Advisor - Biography

OSHA’s Mission

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


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)


Trademarks/Use of OSHA Logo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seals and/or logos on this website are the protected property of the federal government and may not be used without our prior permission. In addition, some terms, phrases, slogans, photographs and/or designs appearing on our website may be the trademarked property of others used by OSHA under a license. Prior to using such a trademark, it is your responsibility to acquire any necessary permission from the owner/s of the trademark. You may contact OSHA for details about particular trademarks, but we cannot assist you in contacting trademark owners or arranging and managing license agreements for the use of such trademarks. Trademark information may be acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov.

OSHA receives numerous requests from private businesses, organizations, and individuals for permission to use the OSHA name and logo and to endorse a particular project or service. OSHA will not approve, endorse, or promote the products or services of others. As a result, businesses are advised to avoid activities that may imply that OSHA endorses a particular product, service, or website.


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