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50 years of OSHA: Video highlights major accomplishments, events

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Washington — A new video from OSHA commemorates the significant accomplishments and events that have transformed workplace safety and health during the agency’s 50-year history.

The video features commentary, reflections and statements on the agency’s continued mission from Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, OSHA administrator Doug Parker and past agency leaders.

“At the core of our work is the fundamental right for all workers to be protected on the job and empowered to speak up about unsafe conditions,” Parker said in a Dec. 30 press release. “As we look ahead to the next 50 years, we must continue working hard to ensure that every worker – no matter what job they do or what language they speak – has the protections they need and deserve.”


On Dec. 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, paving the way for OSHA’s creation the next year. To mark the 50th anniversary, OSHA launched a webpage highlighting the agency’s work over the decades.

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