Additional regulations or standards if the secretary of labor determines that additional regulations or standards are needed under paragraph 1 the secretary shall promulgate pursuant to the secretarys authority under the occupational safety and health act of 1970 29 usc 651 et seq such regulations or standards as determined to be . Shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules . The occupational safety and health act of 1970 is a us labor law governing the federal law of occupational health and safety in the private sector and federal government in the united states it was enacted by congress in 1970 and was signed by president richard nixon on december 29 1970. 29 usc 651 et seq 1970 congress passed the occupational and safety health act to ensure worker and workplace safety their goal was to make sure employers provide their workers a place of employment free from recognized hazards to safety and health such as exposure to toxic chemicals excessive noise levels mechanical dangers heat or cold stress or unsanitary conditions. On december 29 1970 president richard nixon signed into law the williams steiger occupational safety and health act which gave the federal government the authority to set and enforce safety and health standards for most of the countrys workers 1 this act was the result of a hard fought legislative battle which began in 1968 when president
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