OSHA at 50

A Look into the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Occupational Safety Advocate

OSHA has become synonymous with workplace safety and health in the United States. Over the past 50 years, combined with safety and health professionals, enterprise stakeholders, unions, and advocates, the agency has had a sizeable effect on workplace safety. OSHA’s latest statistics put worker deaths per day at 15, down from about 38 in its founding year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal work injuries in 2020 stood at 4,764, or 13 deaths per day on average— a significant number, but it is a 10.7% decrease from the previous year.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of OSHA, it is important to know how the occupational safety and health movement began worldwide. Such a history will only highlight the connections between the concerns of workers past and present, and prepare us for a better, safer future.

In this free whitepaper, you will learn:

  • The history of workplace safety to the present day
  • What key changes in history meant for workplace safety
  • The timeline of pivotal events in the US OSH movement
  • A view of what improvements can be made and what technologies are at the forefront




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