Osha as A Social Policy

  • Ester W. StokesEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2633-1


Occupational Safety and Health Act also commonly referred to as occupational health and safety (OHS) or workplace health and safety (WHS) is an area concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people engaged in work or employment.

The Social Security Act of 1935 established a system of old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, and aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 introduced the 40-h work week, established a national minimum wage, guaranteed “time-and-a-half” for overtime in certain jobs, and prohibited most employment of minors in “oppressive child labor.” It applies to employees engaged in interstate commerce or employed by an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, unless the employer can claim an exemption from coverage.

The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act is a US federal law that...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jackson State UniversityJacksonUSA