OSH Act – Section 4 – Applicability of the Act

OSH Act – Section 4 – Applicability of the Act

For Section 4 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the jurisdiction of the Act is outlined. The Act covers all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Wake Island, Outer Continental Shelf Lands defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Johnston Island, and the Canal Zone.

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This section of the OSH Act also states that it will NOT apply to any working conditions of employee of any Federal or State Agency working under the section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

Lastly, this section does not supersede or affect in any manner the worker’s compensation law or any other law in respect to injuries, diseases, or death arising from the course of a persons employment (OSHA, 1970).


OSHA. (1970). OSH Act of 1970. [https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/oshact/completeoshact]