In an effort to hold employers accountable for maintaining a level of safety for their employees, Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which is governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA aims to protect the rights of those who work in the private sector and requires that they have the opportunity to work safely.
Employees in New Jersey and across the United States should make sure that they know their rights as workers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Some of these rights include:
- To have safe machinery
- To have training on how to use the machinery
- To be provided with safety equipment in dangerous areas
- To have the necessary gear that protects a person from toxic chemical exposure
- To be able to report an employer’s negligence without fear of retaliation or other negative actions
Just as employees have rights, employers have obligations under OSHA. Some of these obligations include that they must:
- Provide workers with safety training for workplace hazards
- Provide workers with safe machinery and training on how to use machinery
- Provide workers with protective gear
- Not take any negative actions against an employee who files a complaint to OSHA
If your employer has violated OSHA, contact our firm today.
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