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OSHA ENFORCEMENT

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. OSHA's mission is to assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. This page contains information about OSHA's enforcement activities. If you have questions, need additional information, want to file a complaint, or would like to contact OSHA, please call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). You can also e-mail us your questions (e-mail OSHA). It's confidential. We are here to help.

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OSHA Jurisdiction:

  • Covers private sector employers
  • Excludes self-employed, family farm workers, and government workers (except in state plan states)
  • Approves and monitors 27 State Plan states which cover private and public sector employees.
  • Assists Federal Agency Programs

OSHA Inspections:

  • Conducted without advance notice
  • On-site inspections, or Phone/Fax investigations
  • Highly-trained compliance officers

Inspection Priorities:

  • Imminent danger
  • Catastrophes
  • Worker complaints and referrals
  • Targeted inspections - high injury/illness rates, severe violators
  • Follow-up inspections

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