OSHA updates its Internet policies
OSHA’s URL address is: http://www.osha.gov.
OSHA has had a presence on the Internet since 1995 — ages ago in Internet time. OSHA's web servers currently register monthly traffic of more than 800,000 user sessions and 18 million “hits” (March 2000). Here’s how OSHA uses the Net:
- The OSHA Internet makes possible “one stop shopping” for all publicly available OSHA electronic resources, including data bases, publications and documents.
- The Internet also allows OSHA to make available interactive and dynamic applications, including interactive expert advisor software, cyber-conferences, interactive slide presentations, collaborative chat forums and Web boards. In addition, it supports links to useful safety and health information.
- OSHA’s Intranet provides a vehicle to disseminate, within the "OSHA family", program-related information, drafts of work-in-progress, data sets and applications-under-development for comment or collaboration. It also includes compliance assistance materials and training products.
- OSHA’s Extranet (or Limited Access Page) provides access to an OSHA server outside of the firewalls that is only accessible with a username and password. The Extranet provides access to draft information on the OSHA Intranet for state programs and consultation offices that are not connected to the OSHANET.