They do this by enforcing standards, as well as training on how to keep work places safe for all employees. The OSHA was charged with this mission to assure safe working conditions for all men and women. It happened in part because of the public outcry against on the job injuries and deaths, and has grown tremendously in the past thirty years.
Today, the course of the OSHA has changed a little bit. In the current decade, the OSHA has changed some of its focus points. This "New OSHA" has now "focused on reducing red tape, streamlining standard setting, and inspecting workplaces that most needed help in protecting employees. The emphasis was on results." It began to reshape itself as an organization, and to improve the way in which it was able to carry out its mission.
Currently, OSHA has 2100 inspectors, plus all the various other technical support that it requires to keep up the high work standards it enforces. The OSHA has over 200 offices across the country, and uses the available staff to help work places adhere to the strict standards and work codes that the OSHA puts forward. Its 2006 budget was 467 million, recommended with an increase of 2.8 million from the previous year by President Bush.
One of OSHA's major advocates is Edwin G. Foulke Jr, the Assistant Sectary of Labor for the organization.