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  1. Changes in Industry in the United States
  2. U.S. Auto Industry
  3. Changes in the U.S. Automobile Industry
  4. The Auto Industry in the Midwest
  5. Foreign Investment in Industry in the U.S.
  6. Workplace Safety Standards
  7. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  8. The American Dream and the Housing Industry
  9. The American Dream and the Mobile Home
  10. The Rust Belt
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OSHA workers discuss air sampling procedures at the World Trade Center disaster site.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Workplace Safety Standards
Beginning in the 1970s, a number of social regulatory agencies were created along with laws to improve safety, health, and the environment. These agencies include: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). During these agencies’ early years, many companies complained that these agencies were too aggressive in their regulation and enforcement. But as time has passed, the health, safety, and environment in the United States have all shown improvement.
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