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- Occupational Safety and Health
The mission of OSHA is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect
health of America's workforce. To accomplish this, federal and state
governments work together as partners with more than 100 million working
Americans and their 6.5 million employers wh o are covered by the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970. Information about OSHA, staff directories,
publications/media releases, and technical information are available by
selecting this link.
- Safety & Health
Sites On the Internet
In addition to federal government safety information provided by
OSHA, other sources of safety information are available for immediate access by
following this link. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration
provides these information sources because OSHA believes they may be helpful
and informative. OSHA is not affiliated with these organizations and is not
responsible for the content of the information provided. Their appearance in
this link should not be construed as an endorsement.
- Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Computerized Information System (OCIS)
OSHA maintains a safety computerized information system. The OCIS
WWW server contains selected databases from the OSHA Computerized Information
System. OCIS contains a comprehensive set of safety health databases available
to OSHA offices and the public including regulations, manuals, documents,
chemical sampling information, and training.
The OCIS Gopher server contains
the same databases as the OCIS WWW server, but the documents are in ASCII text
format and there are additional search options. The OCIS FTP site contains
documents and software for downloading. The OSHA National Office home page also
has links to databases on this WWW server.
- Mine Safety and Health
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is involved in the
health and safety of the American workers who earn their livings working in
surface and underground mines. The mission of MSHA is to administer the
provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and to enforce
compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate
fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents; to
minimize health hazards; and to promote improved safety and health conditions
in the Nation's mi nes. MSHA carries out the mandates of the Mine Act at all
mining and mineral processing operations in the United States, regardless of
size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction.
- Office of Environment, Safety and
Health Technical Information Services
The Office of Environment, Safety and Health is the Departmental
advocate for excellence in programs to protect the environment, as well as the
health and safety of workers at Department of Energy facilities and the public.
The Office's central role as a Department-wide resource has been developed with
the participation of a wide range of Stakeholders, and reflects the Office's
statutory and regulatory mandates.
This commitment to excellence in environment, safety, and health is
demonstrated by striving for: continuous improvement in developing effective
programs and policies; strong and independent oversight of environment, safety,
health, safeguards, and security performance; and effective and "value-added"
technical assistance provided to customers.
- Agency for
Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a
federal agency created in 1980 by the Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or what is more commonly known as
Superfund legislation. Congress enact ed Superfund as part of its response to
two highly publicized and catastrophic events: discovery of the Love Canal
hazardous waste site in Niagara Falls, New York, and an industrial fire in
Elizabethtown, New Jersey, which set off the release of highly to xic fumes
into the air in a densely populated area. Congress also created ATSDR to
implement the health-related sections of laws that protect the public from
hazardous wastes and environmental spills of hazardous substances.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 established ATSDR as an agency of the
Public Health Service with mandates to 1) establish a National Exposure and
Disease Registry; 2) create an inventory of health information on hazardous
substances; 3) create a list of closed and restricted-access sites; 4) provide
medical assistance during hazardous substance emergencies; and 5) determine the
relationship between hazardous substance exposure and illness.
The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality
of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites,
unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.
- U.S. National Highway Traffic
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under
the Department of ransportation, was established by the Highway Safety Act of
1970, as the successor to the National Highway Safety Bureau, to carry out
safety programs under the National T raffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of
1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. It also carries out consumer programs
established by the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, enacted in
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and
economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by
setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicle equipment,
and through grants to state and loc al governments to enable them to conduct
effective local highway safety programs.
NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets
and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce
the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety
seats and air bags, investigates od ometer fraud, establishes and enforces
vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor
vehicle safety topics.
NHTSA also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic
safety, to develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about
We have a toll-free Auto Safety Hotline to provide recall
information, receive motor vehicle SAFETY complaints and furnish consumers with
a wide range of information on auto safety. The Hotline operates from 8 am to
10 pm Eastern Time, Monday thru Fri day. Calls can be received during
non-business hours by means of a sophisticated automatic telephone answering
service. A Spanish speaking operator is available from 8 am to 4 pm.
The nationwide toll-free number is 800-424-9393. In the
Washington, DC metropolitan area the number is 202-366-0123. For the hearing
impaired the TTY number is 800-424-9153 or 202-366-7800.
U.S. Department of Defense
- Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety
Under its enabling statute, (Public Law 100-456) the Board is
responsible for independent, external oversight of all activities in DOE's
nuclear weapons complex affecting nuclear health and safety. The Board reviews
operations, practices, and occurrences at DOE's defense nuclear facilities and
makes recommendations to the Secretary of Energy that are necessary to protect
public health and safety. In the event Board reviews disclose an imminent or
severe threat to public health and safety, the Board is required to transmit
its recommendations directly to the President, as well as to the Secretaries of
Energy and Defense.
- The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is an
independent federal agency whose mission is to ensure the safety of workers and
the public by preventing or reducing the effects of chemical accidents. The CSB
is the lead federal agency in the conduct of investigations dedicated to
identifying the cause or causes of chemical accidents, advises industry and
labor on actions they should take to improve safety, and makes regulatory
recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of
Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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