OSHA is The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is a federal agency that is part of the United States Department of Labor. Their 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 agency was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970. Their inspections and regulations have been proven to increase safety without affecting the productivity of the company.
Who is Protected?
The private sector: OSHA covers most private sector employees in all 50 states, DC, and other U.S. jurisdictions either through federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state plan.
State and local governments: These workers are not covered under federal OSHA. However, they still have OSH protections as long as they work in a state with an OSHA-approved state program.
Federal government employees: OSHA’s protection applies to all employees of all federal agencies
Rights and Responsibilities Under OSHA
- Provide a safe working environment
- Record work-related illnesses and injuries
- Perform required tests and post the results
- Prominently display “OSHA Job Safety and Health- It’s the Law” poster
- Safe working conditions
- File confidential complaints with OSHA
- Receive copies of workplace medical records, test results, and work-related injury reports.
- File a discrimination complaint with OSHA
- A private, confidential meeting with the OSHA inspector
Compliance officers carry out inspections and assess fines for any violations they find. Regular safety inspections are scheduled for particularly hazardous industries’ workplaces. For others, inspections can be triggered by a workplace fatality, multiple hospitalizations, worker complaints, or referrals.
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