Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of OSHA. On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established.
OSHA was created with the primary focus of protecting the safety and health of America's workers. Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Since its inception, workplace fatalities are down by 65% as well as workplace injuries reduced by 67%.
To commemorate the anniversary, OSHA has created a timeline of laws, events and progress that have taken place over the past 40 years.