More than 110 million visitor sessions from the public sought potentially life-saving safety and health information from the Web site of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Fiscal 2008, according to an agency press release.
Visitors viewed more than 180 million pages of occupational safety and health resources during this period. Members of the public frequently use the Agency's Web site to access OSHA standards, in addition to pages on safety and health topics such as bloodborne pathogens, respiratory protection, personal protective equipment and fall protection.
The OSHA Web site,www.osha.gov, went online in 1995, at the same time the World Wide Web was first being established. Traffic to the Web site has consistently increased by 12-15 percent annually since then, reaching more than 110 million visitor sessions in Fiscal 2008. According to Diane Childress, OSHA Webmaster, "We are continually working to improve the site to better serve all of the Agency's customers. Feedback or suggestions for improving the site are always appreciated."
In addition to OSHA standards, the Web site allows users to access inspection records, Safety and Health Information Bulletins, and compliance assistance information including eTools, QuickCards and fact sheets, guidance documents, and other resources, including many in Spanish. It also offers information on how to take advantage of OSHA's cooperative programs and On-Site Consultation.
"OSHA's Web site is one of the most valuable public outreach tools we have," said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "It provides employers and employees with all the information they need to create and maintain healthful and safe workplaces."
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visitwww.osha.gov.