The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) mandates safe working conditions for employees. OSHA was enacted into law in response to a sharp increase in the number and severity of workplace injuries. In the four decades since OSHA became law, workplace deaths and injuries have dropped by more than sixty percent.
Although OSHA safety rules have prevented countless work-related injuries and deaths, still:
- Every day more than 12 workers dies on the job – more than 4,500 people are killed at work every year.
- More than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA
Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, free from serious recognized hazards and to comply with standards, rules, and regulations issued under OSHA.
The following are a few of the key employer responsibilities:
- Ensure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.
- Examine workplace conditions and make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards.
- Establish and update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
- Employers must provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
- Prominently post the OSHA poster (or the state-plan equivalent) informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.
- Report to the nearest OSHA office all work-related fatalities within 8-hours, and all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24-hours.
Workers’ Rights Under OSHA
Under federal law, workers are entitled to a safe workplace, free of known health and safety hazards. Workers’ have the right to work on machines that are safe and be provided the appropriate safety gear, to be protected from toxic chemicals, and to request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector. Read more about workers’ rights under OSHA here.
Workers have the right to speak up about unsafe conditions without fear of retaliation. Under OSHA’s whistleblower protections, employees who report injuries, safety concerns, or other misconduct, cannot be retaliated against or wrongfully terminated by their employers.
If you believe working conditions are unsafe, you have the right to file a confidential complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection. Complains can be filed online, by telephone, or by mail. Learn how to file a safety and health complaint here.
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