The U.S. Governmnent’s Role in Safety – Part 3

The U.S. government signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law in 1970.  Great strides have been made in workplace safety since then.  Today’s post is the third in a four part series on the U.S. government and it’s role in workplace safety.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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“The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.” (About BLS, 2013)  The BLS collects, analyzes, and disseminates economic information that supports decision making of both public and private business.  The BLS is an independent statistical agency whose mission is to provide “products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.” (About BLS, 2013)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics was established in 1884 (About BLS, 2013).  It became part of the U.S. Department of Labor upon its inception in 1913.  The Secretary of Labor is the Director of the BLS and it is his duty to oversee the statistical reporting of the BLS and to call upon other Departments of the government for their statistical data.  The BLS is required to report, at least, annually.

About BLS. (2013, April 11). BLS Information. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from http://

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