The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
to "save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers" by coming up with safety standards that apply to places of employment and then making sure that these standards are followed.
Employers will generally recognize that it benefits the workplace when employees are safe and able to perform their jobs safely. The OSHA website provides "Compliance Assistance Quick Start" information and other resources to help employers identify potential risks and preventions that are applicable to their particular situation.
OSHA is charged with enforcement of the rules and regulations that have been established to maintain minimum safety standards in the work place. Compliance with OSHA regulations is monitored by on-site investigations and by electronic investigations. There are penalties, usually in the form of fines, that may be levied against employers who fail to meet OSHA standards. Avoidance of being required to make penalty payments and forced to change work place procedures or facilities because they are found to not comply with OSHA guidelines are major incentives for employers to be aware of and to follow required procedures.