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U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Primary Contacts

Virginia Fitzner
Occupational Safety Specialist
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N3641
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202.693.2052
Fax: 202.693.1663

General Overview of Agency Activities

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

Overview of Regulatory Activities

Nearly every working man and woman in the nation comes under OSHA's jurisdiction (with some exceptions such as miners, transportation workers, many public employees, and the self-employed). Other users and recipients of OSHA services include: occupational safety and health professionals, the academic community, lawyers, journalists, and personnel of other government entities.

Standards Used in Regulation and Procurement

In its technical regulations, OSHA routinely uses and recognizes voluntary consensus standards developed by private sector organizations:

This list may be incomplete and only attempts to name some of the standards developing organizations from which OSHA has incorporated standards. Links are provided for standards developers with profiles on StandardsPortal.

Conformity Assessment

OSHA recognizes a variety of conformity assessment approaches on a sector-by-sector basis. For more information:

. Access the OSHA Compliance Assistance Homepage to access resources to help businesses comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act

. Learn more about OSHA’s Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program

Quick Links

International Activities

Jacquelyn DeMesme-Gray
OSHA Coordinator for International Affairs
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N3641
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202.693.1944

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