Help for Employers

Employer Responsibilities

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace.

OSHA covers most private sector employers and their workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through Federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. Those not covered by the OSH Act include: self-employed workers, immediate family members of farm employers, and workers whose hazards are regulated by another federal agency.

Compliance Assistance, Education, and Training

OSHA is committed to giving employers and workers the knowledge and tools they need to comply with their obligations and stay safe. Investments in worker safety and health can also reduce injuries and illnesses, and produce significant improvements to an organization's productivity and profitability.

OSHA services include:

Employers may also want to learn about:

Contact OSHA

Contact OSHA toll-free at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or by email. You can also find your nearest federal or State Plan office and consultation program here.

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Common Hazard Citations
OSHA Law and Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created OSHA, which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. There are OSHA standards for construction, agriculture, maritime and general industry. Employers also must comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires them to keep their workplaces free of serious recognized hazards.