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The primary goals of OSHA are to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. OSHA employs over 2,000 inspectors to ensure job site safety.
While many see OSHA as an intrusive government agency intent on enforcing arcane rules, the fact is that OSHA saves lives and jobs. Before OSHA was established, an estimated 14,000 US workers were killed on the job every year. While workplaces today are much safer and healthier, in the US there are still more than 4,500 workplace fatalities each year and tens of thousands serious injuries. That's one reason OSHA offers a Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) which saves additional money and lives by reducing the cost of injuries, accidents, downtime and litigation.
The major changes to the HazCom standard and SDS's and the impact on employers and employees is discussed in our GHS entry - these are profound and important, so we recommend you read those. A comparison of the 1994 and 2012 HCS is available which strikes out the old language in red, inserts new language in green, and has additional commentary on each section.
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