Getting the Word Out on Workplace Safety and Health

Filed in DOL, Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on March 26, 2013 7 Comments


OSHA's hair salon hazard alertHave any friends in the medical profession? They may have recently read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s article about how nursing home staff can learn to handle duties without developing musculoskeletal disorders like back injuries. Or perhaps your cousin in cosmetology school surprised you with a fact about the hazards of formaldehyde, which she learned about in the hazard alert we issued to help protect hair salon workers. You name it: if it involves workplace safety and health, we’ve probably written about it. In 2012 alone, we produced nearly 2 million copies of publications covering a host of topics.

Publications like All About OSHA, We are OSHA and OSHA-at-a-Glance provide an overview of the agency’s standards, duties and functions, and information on workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. Compliance assistance resources, such as a brochure on OSHA’s Free Safety and Health Consultation Services, explain how OSHA can help employers eliminate workplace hazards, and establish or improve injury and illness prevention programs. We also have downloadable fact sheets on a range of job hazards ranging from chemical exposure to dangerous machines to educate workers and employers on ways to prevent injuries.

Stop falls posterLike most of our publications, you can view these brochures and booklets online and download them to your computer. And because workers with limited English proficiency often work in the most high-hazard jobs and face the greatest risk of injury, illness and death, many of our most popular publications are available in multiple languages.

The growing diversity of America’s workforce isn’t the only change OSHA is responding to through its publications. We are constantly creating new educational materials as needed to address both emerging hazards and unexpected catastrophic events. Our Distracted Driving brochure provides information on preventing accidents that result when workers text while driving. And in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we distributed more than 75,000 fact sheets and other safety materials to first responders who were working under dangerous conditions in an effort to keep others safe.OSHA's General Industry Digest

Whether they are intended help employees understand their rights to a safe workplace or help employers understand their responsibility to provide one, our publications make potentially lifesaving information readily available to those who need it most.

Visit OSHA’s publications page to view and download these valuable resources.

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  1. Korepetycje says:

    Still there are too many accidents at work. Business owners should take responsibility and make the workplaces safer for their employees.

  2. Why are so many of your publications out of date? Have you considered purging all the old ones that are basically obsolete? For example, the publication for OSHA Training Guidelines published in 1998 has not been updated since then, and anybody referring to that one for guidance is going to be woefully deficient when it comes to complying with all the OSHA training requirements. There is a private website ( that has taken the information from your old publication about OSHA training requirements and updated it to compile a complete list for general industry training requirements as well as construction training requirements.

  3. Görkem CAN says:

    Hope we have reach your quality level in Turkey also.

  4. crisnorwood says:

    Make sure that the premises and all equipment are regularly inspected to ensure proper hygiene.

  5. Evan Fisher says:

    I just downloaded and reviewed the “Distracted Driving” brochure. Very informative. I was shocked to read that sending/receiving a text causes a 4.6 second distraction. Every driver, not just those who drive for a living, should receive a copy of this pamphlet whenever they renew their license.

  6. Susan Beech says:

    Occupational health and safety is becoming a growing concern for many employees and business owners. Thank you for creating such detailed brochures and easily accessible information for all of us- regardless of our industries.

  7. Occupational Safety Solutions says:

    I work in a culture where most of the time production is valued more than safety and safety is taken as hurdle in the way of production. In situations where there is no safety at all I settle for minimum standard requirements and let them work. In other situation where I have time I invite them to give suggestions to make it safer and let them do it their way. Normally they are safer than standard requirements.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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