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What are my safety rights as a worker?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was put in place in 1970. This act was established to ensure that all workers have a safe environment where they are not put in any unreasonable danger. The act created a set of standards that all employers must abide by.

This blog will offer a brief overview on the rights a worker has, and who is covered on the OSH Act. If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to worker's compensation under the OSH Act.

Worker's rights under the OSH Act

The law requires that all employers provide a safe working environment for their employees, free of any known dangers. The law also grants many rights to workers if they have reason to believe that they are working in an unsafe environment or if they think they are in danger at work.

Workers have a right to file a confidential complaint with OSHA, and to request that their workplace is inspected. They have a right the receive training about hazards, review work-related injuries and illnesses, receive records of hazard tests conducted in their workplace and participate as part of an OSHA inspection, among other things.

Who is protected?

Most employers in the United States are protected by the OSH Act including private sector workers. However, state and local governments are not covered, but if they are in a state with an OSHA-approved program, they will have OSH Act protections. Those who are self-employed, or work where there are workplace hazards that are regulated by another agency are not covered under the OSH Act.

Source: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Worker's rights booklet," accessed Aug. 23, 2017

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