April 25, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt issued the following statement regarding Workers’ Memorial Day 2019:
“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that American jobs are safe jobs.
“Today is a day to remember that since 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been working to help make workplaces safer. OSHA has aided in the creation of a safe culture for American workplaces because every worker in America should return home at the end of each and every workday, safe and unharmed.
“Workplace safety is everyone’s business, and must be everyone’s priority. Safety must start on day one and be a continuous process. OSHA will continue to work with its partners across the country – employers, workers, trade associations, labor unions, and safety and health professionals – to ensure that every workplace is safe and healthful.
“Together, we can continue to protect the health and safety path that leads to safe, family-sustaining career opportunities.”
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.