OSHA: Safety Protector of the Employee Analytical Essay

Presents an overview of the USA federal agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
# 151890 | 960 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper describes the history of OSHA, the source and scope of its authority, its structure, how it carries out its day-to-day responsibilities and its effects on the health care industry. Next, the author relates that Congress passed the Occupational and Safety Health Act in 1970 to assure that employers present employees with a work environment that is "free from recognized hazards to safety and health, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions." The paper concludes that unquestionably OSHA is fulfilling what Congress intended it to do in an effective and efficient manner. Several quotations are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Who Is OSHA?
Scope & Source of Authority
Day to Day Responsibilities
Effects on the Health Care Industry

From the Paper:

"OSHA has many daily responsibilities. For example, they conduct research in occupational safety and health, develop mandatory job safety and health standards, and establish rights and responsibilities for employers and employees. In addition, they monitor job-related injuries and illnesses, establish training programs, and enforce the standards they have set forth by conducting investigations, inspections, and issuing citations.
"Most employees know OSHA for their workplace inspections. "OSHA is authorized to conduct workplace inspections to enforce its standards. All establishments covered under OSHA, are subject to inspection by OSHA compliance safety and health officers. Nearly all inspections are conducted without any advanced notice. However, when advance notice of an inspection is given, the employer must inform his or her employees' representatives or arrange for OSHA to do so. OSHA usually does not have a warrant for an inspection when they first arrive and may not conduct warrant-less inspections without an employer's consent. It may, however, inspect after acquiring a search warrant or its equivalent based on administrative probable cause". There are several reasons for workplace inspections and investigations. They include "employee complaints, imminent danger, workplace accidents, re-inspection, and highly hazardous work environments". "After the OSHA Compliance Officer report's findings to his or her office, the area director determines what citations, if any, will be issued and what penalties will be proposed".

Sample of Sources Used:

  • NetCE. (2011). OSHA and Healthcare Facilities. Retrieved from http://www.netce.com/coursecontent.php?courseid=706#chap.5
  • Princeton University. (n.d.). Introduction to OSHA. Retrieved from http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/healthsafetyguide/F1.htm
  • United States Department of Labor. (n.d.(a)). About OSHA. Retrieved from http://www.osha.gov/about.html
  • United States Department of Labor. (n.d.(b)). Commonly Used Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
  • United States Department of Labor. (n.d.(c)). Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved from http://www.osha.gov/OSHA_FAQs.html

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