What is OSHA and Occupational Health

What is OSHA? All You Need to Know About Occupational Health

All You Need to Know About Occupational Health.

It seems as if you have stumbled across this blog looking for some answers. What do these answers entail? How about what occupational health and medicine really are all about. We know that occupational health and medicine may seem like a dry subject; however the understanding of it can lead to the appreciation and acknowledgment of those who ensure you health and safety in working environments every day. Let us explain how and why important it is as an employer and an employee to understand the field of occupational health.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA logoOSHA, fun to say, and even more fun to explain, so let’s begin! OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration all began in 1970 with the creation of The Occupational Safety and Health Act, passed by congress. This act assures, “every working man and woman in the United States safe and healthful working conditions.” The reason that OSHA was created is due to indisputable data that has been collected and shows that occupational injuries and illness are amongst the five leading cause of morbidity and death in the United States, and most other countries.

Goals and Purposes of OSHA

  • To make corporate health and employee health a main priority by reducing workplace hazards, and to execute and advance existing safety and health standards.
  • To establish specific, reliable responsibilities and rights for employers and employees for better health safety conditions.
  • To employ and train occupational health professionals who play an extremely important role in prevention, recognition, and treatment of injuries and illnesses.
  • To develop mandatory job health and safety standards and enforce them successfully.

How Has OSHA Improved Employee Health?

Ear Protection SignYou may be asking yourself now, how are employers and employees reaping the benefits from Occupational Health? It’s simple; this statistic can answer that  question perfectly, “since the passage of the OSHA Act, US employment has nearly doubled, from 56 million workers at 3.5 million work sites to 105 million workers at nearly 6.9 million work sites.” These numbers have increased due to the persistent work of OSHA and the occupational health professionals who do everything in their power to make sure corporations and employers are keeping their facilities clean and safe. Constant assessments of workplaces keep facilities up to OSHA’S standards of health codes and safety codes, and keeps the employees happy and feeling well taken care of.