What is the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

In 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the corresponding Occupational Safety and Health Act. The goal was to make sure that all employees in the United States have the workplace training necessary to maintain a safe work environment. Not only does OSHA require workplace training, it also protects employees from negative impacts of acting as a whistleblower if their employer fails to comply with federal laws.

Due to the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Act does so much for employees, it is important that those who are protected know their rights under the law. If an individual believes that his or her employer failed to provide them with safe machinery, training on how to use machinery, safety equipment or other protective gear, they may be able to file a claim under OSHA.

That being said, it is just as important for employers to understand their obligations under OSHA. Employers must provide all of the necessary safety training and equipment. In addition, they must post OSHA requirements and regulations in a visible location that all employees can see. They must also keep a record of any work-related injuries or deaths and ensure that they do not retaliate against employees who take action against them.

If you believe that your employer has violated OSHA, speak with an experienced attorney today.

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