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Present the history of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and why it was enacted. Briefly describe the steps to file a claim under the act and distinguish between the specific duty standard and the general duty standard under the Act.

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The labor department was unhappy with the limited scope of authority to regulate the safety of workers, specifically in construction and manufacturing. President Lyndon Johnson was urged to create a bill for Congress that would target this need. So Johnson proposed a bill to Congress that would put in place rules allowing the Labor Department to inspect businesses and other entities for safety hazards and the HEW (Health, Education, and Welfare Department) to research and formulate rules regarding safe workplaces. The bill was signed in to law by Nixon in 1970. The original legislative proposal was in 1968 and despite much opposition from business groups, it became law.

For the OSHA to work fully, the Department of Labor created a new department within the DOL called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is headed up by the Assistant ...

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The reasons for the occupational safety and health act is provided. The expert distinguishes between the specific duty standard and the general duty standard under the Act.

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