The manufacturing sector is part of the goods-producing industries, and comprises of establishments commonly known as plants, factories or mills. The manufacturers engage in mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Manufacturers can process materials or can contract with other manufacturers to process their materials for them. Manufacturers operate in various sectors including food and beverage, tobacco, textile and apparel, chemical and petroleum, furniture and wood products, transportation equipment and computer and electronic products, among others.
In the United States, various federal agencies monitor and regulate the manufacturer on a sector by sector basis. The goal of these agencies is to ensure the safety and quality of manufactured products. Most manufacturers are regulated by more than one agency. The federal agencies that govern regulatory compliance of the manufacturer include:
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the U.S. federal government charged with environmental protection
The EPA assists companies with compliance on a sector by sector basis in order to reach facilities with similar operations and practices. Most manufacturers, regardless of the business sector they operate in, are affected by environmental laws and regulations one way or another. Information about the EPA and regulatory information by sector can be found at https://www.epa.gov/regulatory-information-sector.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
The FDA exercises control and supervision over food products, tobacco, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, medical devices, cosmetics and veterinary products, among others. In addition, the FDA is responsible for monitoring imports. Aside from its regulatory functions, the FDA carries out research and development activities in order to develop technology and standards that support its regulatory function. The FDA’s research efforts are directed towards women’s health, dugs, medical devices, food safety and nutrition. To learn more about the laws enforced by FDA, the FDA’s standards and rules and regulations, please visit https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commonly known as Agriculture Department is a U.S. federal department
The USDA develops and implements federal laws related to farming, forestry and food. The USDA aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, protect natural resources, work to assure food safety and foster rural development based on the best available science, public policy and management. To learn more about the USDA and the relevant laws and regulations, please visit https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/about-usda/laws-and-regulations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Labor.
OSHA’s mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. The OSHA covers most private sector employers and employees and some public sector employers and employees across the United states. In addition, the OSHA enforces a variety of whistleblower statues and regulations and provides compliance assistance through its national and area offices. Information about the OSHA, its programs and regulatory activity can be found at https://www.osha.gov/.
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