Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA was created in 1970 to ensure safe and healthful working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. U.S. pig farms must comply with OSHA labor requirements, and the Department of Labor monitors farm labor conditions. For example, OSHA establishes training requirements for authorized and affected workers where permit-required confined spaces (such as manure pits and grain bins) exist on the farm.
Immediate family members of farm employers are not covered by OSHA rules. Under current OSHA appropriations law, OSHA cannot use appropriated funds to enforce any standard, rule, regulation or order applicable to any person engaged in a farming operation which employs 10 or fewer employees and does not maintain a temporary labor camp.
Resources such as the Employee Care Toolkit and Employee Safety Toolkit can help farm owners comply with current regulations.