3. Machine safety in the USA


In 1970, Congress enacted a law entitled the "Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)". Its objective was to reduce the existing dangers to safety and health at the workplace and continuously improve the occupational health and safety regulations already in place. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was set up as the responsible supervisory authority.

The following text provides an overview of the essential US American body of rules and regulations and standards in the machine safety area and in no way does it replace the required intensive study of the respective documents. It neither raises objection to completeness nor allows any legal claim to be derived from it. The respective currently applicable regional specifications or machine-specific standards must be observed.