The Occupational Safety and Health Act is the primary federal law which governs occupational health and safety in the private sector and federal government in the United States. It was enacted by Congress in 1970 and was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970. Its main goal is to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Safety Division of Risk Management strives to provide a safe and healthful environment, free from recognized hazards which may cause serious injury to employees. This is accomplished by maintaining a comprehensive safety and health program which involves employees of all levels. In carrying out the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment, the Safety Division of Risk Management serves as a resource for every employee and develops policies and procedures to accomplish the goal of a safe and healthful environment. The Safety Division of Risk Management believes that its most valuable resource is the people who work for Maricopa County, and will do all that is reasonable and necessary to protect them.