Introduction to OSHA (General Industry)

Overview :

Buy Button OSHA was created in 1971, and since that time, workplace fatalities have been cut in half and occupational injury and illness rates have declined 40 percent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists as a federal agency in the Department of Labor. OSHA administers the federal safety and health laws that require employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their employees.

In addition to covering the history of the OSH Act, this course discusses the General Duty Clause, provides a framework for reading and understanding the regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). This walks a student through a typical OSHA inspection process, and provides information on the costs of violations and the benefits of OSHA compliance with the regulations.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this health and safety course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act

  • Explain how the General Duty Clause affects employers

  • Demonstrate how to reference the OSHA regulations using paragraph and section numbers

  • Identify the different types of OSHA violations

  • Explain how OSHA conducts inspections

  • Explain the cost and benefits of providing a safe workplace.


This course is intended for all employees whose job safety is governed by the OSH Act.


OSHA - the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act and 29 CFR

Approximate Length

1 hour

Continuing Education Units

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0.1 CEU(s)

Delivery Method



This course has these features and more:

  • Multimedia
  • Narration
  • Interactivity
  • Easy navigation
  • Supplementary material
  • Links to regulations
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exams
  • Continuing Education Units.

IACET Continuing Education Units - American Safety Council, as the parent company of National Safety Training, has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275.

In obtaining this approval, American Safety Council has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, American Safety Council is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.