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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


ASSISTANT SECRETARYJames Frederick, Acting
Deputy Assistant SecretariesAmanda Edens
James Frederick

Chief of StaffLeah Ford


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.).

OSHA posts an organizational chart online in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


OSHA assures safe and healthful working conditions for men and women by promulgating common sense, protective health, and safety standards; enforcing workplace safety and health rules; providing training, outreach, education, and assistance to workers and employers in their efforts to control workplace hazards; prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; and partnering with States that run their own OSHA-approved programs.

Sources of Information

A–Z Index

An alphabetized topical index is available on the OSHA website to help visitors find information.

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that OSHA records have been assigned to record group 100.

Career Opportunities

In 2019, OSHA ranked 196th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

OSHA posts contact information on its "Contact Us" web page.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)

The OSHA has posted a "COVID–19" web page containing employee and employer Coronavirus pandemic information that includes links to interim guidance and other resources for reducing exposure and preventing infection.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that OSHA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

File a Complaint

Information on how to file a safety and health complaint and an electronic complaint form are available on the OSHA website. Phone, 800-321-6742.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The OSHA is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSHA posts answers to FAQs online.

Injury and Illness Data

The OSHA website has a searchable, establishment-specific database for establishments that provided OSHA with valid data from 1996 through 2011.

Workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics are available on the OSHA website.

Make a Report

Employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related amputation, hospitalization, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours; an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours. An employer should be prepared to supply the name of the business, the names of employees who were affected, the location and time of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and a contact person and phone number.


A "Heat Fatalities Map" shows the locations of outdoor worker heat-related deaths between 2008 and 2014.

A nationwide map of enforcement cases with initial penalties above $40,000 is available online.


The OSHA newsroom has a collection of quick links for relevant news sources.

The "What's New" web page features news items that are organized chronologically.


OSHA's online newsletter has the latest news on compliance assistance, enforcement actions, outreach activities, rulemaking, and training and educational resources.


A complete listing of OSHA regional and area offices is available online.


Facts on obtaining an OSHA card are available online.


OSHA publications are accessible online.

Social Media

OSHA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


In the top right corner of the OSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the website can toggle between content in Spanish or English.

Training / Education

Stand-alone, interactive, web-based training tools—eTools and the eMatrix—are available on the OSHA website. These tools are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus.

Prevention video training tools (v-tools) on construction hazards are available on the OSHA website. These videos show how workers can be injured suddenly or even killed on the job. The videos assist those who are in the construction industry with identifying, reducing, and eliminating hazards. The videos are presented in clear, accessible vocabulary; show common construction worksite activities; and most are 2–4 minutes long.

The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.