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How OSHA protects workers in the United States, part 2

Last week we spoke about the history and importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, in helping Americans employees stay safe in the workplace. Now let us take a look at some of the regulations OSHA holds employers to as well as some of the rights that employees have to a safe working environment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created and regulates several guidelines that must be adhered to by employers to minimize the chance of a workplace injury. They must proactively search for and address workplace hazards and minimize or eliminate them. If it is impossible to eliminate the hazards, they must provide necessary safety equipment and supplies for their workers, at no expense to the workers. They must also train the workers on how to use the equipment and supplies, again at no cost. They must also place the OSHA poster in a relevant location at each job site, informing workers of their rights.

As stated above, employees have the right to get clear training on all potential workplace hazards. They also have the right to report any suspected hazard to OSHA, who will then send out an inspector to verify whether hazards exist. Employees are also protected against retaliation from an employer who makes such reports. All reports and previous injuries or illnesses at each workplace are also to be made available to all employees, as well as tests to measure the potential of workplace hazards, such as air contaminants or chemicals at a job site.

Facing a serious injury due to construction negligence and a subsequent accident is not easy. Your primary focus during such times should be on recovering. It may be wise to seek the assistance of a legal professional familiar with

Source: "Workplace Safety: OSHA and OSHA Act," Accessed July 11, 2017

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