|More than 90 million Americans spend their days on the job. They are our most
valuable national resource. Yet, until 1970, no uniform and comprehensive provisions
existed for their protection against workplace safety and health hazards. In 1970,
Congress considered annual figures such as the following to support the need for worker
In response to the facts listed here, the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed by a bipartisan
Congress, ". . . to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the
Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources."