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Who OSHA Covers

Private Sector Workers

Most employees in the nation come under OSHA's jurisdiction. OSHA covers private sector employers and employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through Federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. State run health and safety programs must be at least as effective as the Federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the OSHA Federal or State Program office nearest you, see the Regional and Area Offices map.

Who is not covered by the OSH Act:

  • Self employed;
  • Immediate family members of farm employers that do not employ outside employees; and
  • Workers who are protected by another Federal agency (for example the Mine Safety and Health Administration, FAA, Coast Guard).  

Additional Resources

  • Employee Workplace Rights  
  • Chemical Hazard Communication  
  • Guidelines For Preventing Workplace Violence For Health Care and Social Service Workers  
  • Hearing Conservation  
  • Heat Stress Card 
  • How To Prepare For Workplace Emergencies  
  • Job Safety & Health Protection Poster  
  • OSHA Fact Sheets  
  • OSHA Inspections  
  • Personal Protective Equipment  
  • Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments  
  • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program 

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