Introduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause

Course Description:

The main objective of this session is to familiarize you with how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the General Duty Clause affect your job and our workplace. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand the purpose of OSHA; identify OSHA’s strategies for improving workplace safety; recognize the impact of the General Duty Clause; and know your OSHA rights and responsibilities.

Course Duration: 20 minutes

Why “Introduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause” Matters:

This presentation tells you how OSHA develops and enforces safety standards, how it determines which workplaces to inspect, and other important issues so that you can have a better understanding of how this federal government agency impacts our workplace and your safety. It also gives information about the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The General Duty Clause is a key part of the foundation that OSHA has built to guarantee a safe and healthful workplace for all workers nationwide.

Key Points:

  • OSHA exists to save lives and prevent injuries.
  • OSHA uses enforcement, partnerships, outreach, and rulemaking to achieve its mission.
  • The General Duty Clause requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards.
  • Employees must follow OSHA regulations and employer safety rules.

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