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Feb. 24, 2011
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA timeline highlights 40 years of healthier workers,
safer workplaces and a stronger America

WASHINGTON – An interactive timeline commemorating 40 years of progress protecting the safety and health of working men and women illustrates milestones from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its state partners' efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law by President Nixon on Dec. 29, 1970. On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created. In the four decades since OSHA was created, the nation has made dramatic progress in reducing work related deaths and injures.

"We hope you will join us in this anniversary year as we recognize OSHA's accomplishments and reaffirm our dedication to the agency's mission," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Help us celebrate four decades of healthier workers, safer workplaces, and a stronger America."

OSHA invites the public to visit the timeline and explore 40 years of progress in workplace health and safety. Visit the OSHA at 40 Web page to read Assistant Secretary Michaels' Anniversary Message about OSHA's journey during the past 40 years and priorities for the future, and learn about activities throughout the year to celebrate OSHA's accomplishments.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit


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