Opinion | Despite OSHA's Efforts, U.S. Workplaces Are Still Too Dangerous

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OSHA has saved many lives in its 50 years. But it can do more.
Fifty years ago today, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened its doors, American workplaces were full of dangers. In 1970, an average of 38 workers were killed on the job every day, and many thousands more were injured or sickened by exposures to toxic chemicals. The law that created OSHA was revolutionary: It established, for the first time, the right to a safe workplace, free of serious hazards. Businesses had to comply with federal regulations and permit inspectors to examine their facilities.

The agency, which I directed from 2009 to 2017, has improved working conditions for generations of Americans. It has prevented…
David Michaels
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