The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) went live on April 28, 1971. In the years since, it has been OSHA’s mandate to protect workers from employers, whether through drafting and enforcing rules on workplace safety or health, or protecting whistleblowers. OSHA has become a conservative whipping-boy for having the temerity to enforce laws that can mean the difference between health and disability, and sometimes even between life and death for American workers.
Let’s not forget that agencies like OSHA (established, like the EPA, under a Republican president) and the rules it enforces are a reasonable price for a civilized nation to pay to ensure protection for some of our nation’s most vulnerable workers.
Happy birthday, OSHA, and many more.