The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created in the Occupational Health and Safety Act signed into law on December 20, 1970, to issue and enforce standards for workplace safety and health. Some safety managers and workers welcome OSHA, believing that its attention will improve workplace conditions. Others do not welcome OSHA, believing it will cite small violations that will disrupt work.
The OSHA nickname “Oh Shoot, Here Again” (or “Oh Shucks, Here Again” or “Oh Shit, Here Again") has been cited in print since at least 1993.
The OSHA nickname “Our Savior Has Arrived” (or, in the less frequent spelling, “Our Saviour Has Arrived") has been cited in print since at least 1975.
Wikipedia: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. It was created by Congress of the United States under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, signed by President Richard M. Nixon, on December 30, 1970. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. The agency is headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor.
The OSH Act which created OSHA also created the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a research agency focusing on occupational health and safety. NIOSH is not a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.
OSHA federal regulations cover most private sector workplaces. The OSH Act permits states to develop approved plans as long as they cover public sector employees and they provide protection equivalent to that provided under Federal OSHA regulations. In return, a portion of the cost of the approved state program is paid by the federal government. Twenty-two states and territories operate plans covering both the public and private sectors and five — Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and the US Virgin Islands — operate public employee only plans. In those five states, private sector employment remains under Federal OSHA jurisdiction.
OSHA Compliance and Management Handbook
By Charleston C. K. Wang
Park Ridge, NJ: Noyes Publications
The four letter alphabet mix, O.S.H.A., stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some persons insist it stands for something like “Oh Shoot, Here Again?!” Others, being more in need of enforcement help from the government, believe that it stands for “Our Savior Has Arrived.”
Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:24 am
Post subject: Re: SawStop?
Sounds a lot like my non-pro shop, in fact, where OSHA doesn’t reign (the oft used Oh, Shit, Here Again doesn’t apply very well for small shops that often come in under regulatory radar).
Posted: 12/16/2004 2:24:26 PM
Oh Shit Here Again = OSHA
Red Power Magazine Community
Posted 01 June 2007 - 07:07 AM
OSHA= Our Savior Has Arrived
or: Oh Sh_t Here Again
Mike Holt’s Forum
01-27-09, 02:06 PM
I am a government employee, but do not consider myself a hack. I do believe OSHA stands for “Oh Sh** here again”. If an inspector can not show where the violation is listed, then the inspector should research and find the section or don’t call it out. The reason of “Well I was told it is a violation” does not sit well with me. I try to justify all my violation comments and discuss them with the contractor as needed.
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