With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.
OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.
- OSHA Organizational Chart
- OSHA Directory
- Find Locations of OSHA Offices
The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. Those jurisdictions include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Wake Island, Johnston Island, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands as defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- State Plans
- The OSH Act
- Advisory Committees
- OSHA’s Former Assistant Secretaries
- OSHA at-a-Glance [PDF] En Español [PDF] Vietnamese [PDF] Portuguese [PDF]
- About OSHA Inspections [PDF]
- All About OSHA [PDF] En español [PDF] Vietnamese [PDF]
- Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job
- James Frederick, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health – Biography
- Amanda Edens, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health – Biography
- Joseph Hughes, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pandemic and Emergency Response – Biography
- Leah Ford, Chief of Staff – Biography
- Ann Rosenthal, Senior Advisor – Biography
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210