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The Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by a bipartisan U.S. Congress in 1970 to respond to what was perceived to be a crisis in the workplace. Several studies had indicated that accidents and injuries on the job were increasing and that there were thousands of disabling diseases in the workplace caused by exposure to hazardous substances. It seemed that workers were not being adequately protected from hazards in the workplace and that federal regulation was needed. The act was passed to help ensure that workers in the United States have safe and healthy working conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Act also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to administer this act. Congress specified several steps for OSHA to implement this ...

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