OSHA is the governmental agency overseeing safety regulations. There are many OSHA regulations, but the vast majority target higher risk occupations (e.g. construction and mining) and industrial settings. A good boss understands applicable OSHA regulations affecting his staff, and ensures compliance. OSHA inspectors are generally easy to work with and it is wise to not take adversarial positions; their fines can be hefty, and they have the authority to stop operations. While weakened during the Bush administration, OSHA has become much more influential under the Obama administration. Also see Safety.
- OSHA government website.
- Non-government overview of OSHA (Wikipedia).
- Department of Labor website describing OSHA and other safety & health regulations.