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Special Message from the Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary David Michaels
      Biography - Letter

Throughout 2011, OSHA is presenting a series of activities to celebrate our accomplishments. Read Assistant Secretary David Michael's Anniversary Message about OSHA's journey over the past 40 years and priorities for the future.

Picture it! Safe workplaces for everyone.

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

OSHA commemorates 100 years since 146 workers were killed on March 25, 1911, in a devastating fire that prompted widespread workplace safety reforms.

Events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire on March 25 are planned throughout the country in the coming months. These events provide opportunities to learn about the history of workplace safety and to join OSHA in honoring the memory of the fire's victims and of every worker whose life is cut short by preventable workplace hazards.

OSHA at 40 Video

40 Year History Video

Watch this short video of old and new footage that highlights key moments in the Nation's progress over the past forty years in occupational safety and health protection.

OSHA at 40 Video

40th Anniversary Public Forum with Dr. Michaels

To mark OSHA's 40th anniversary, the Center for American Progress hosted a public forum with David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. He joined workers, employers and union leaders to discuss the safety agency's past and future. The forum was held April 21, 2011.

Proclamation by the President for Workers
Memorial Day, 2011   [PDF 13K]