When you arrive at work each day, you deserve to know your employer has taken every possible precaution to keep you safe and healthy. Most companies make this a priority, but unfortunately, there’s always a few bad apples who don’t put employees first.
You might not realize this, but you have worker rights. Since it was established in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been a champion for employees.
If possible, companies are required to provide a hazard-free workplace, and when all hazards cannot be removed, employers must arrange proper protections. For example, if you’re working high up on a construction site, your employer is required to provide fall protection equipment and training.
10 Worker Rights Established by OSHA
Stay safe at work by familiarizing yourself with your OSHA rights. Here are a few key protections you need to know about:
1. If you believe your workplace presents unsafe or unhealthy conditions, you have the right to request an OSHA inspection. You or a representative are permitted to participate in the inspection process.
2. Any OSHA citations issued to your employer must be posted at or near the site of the alleged violation because you have a right to know about it.
3. If your employer is issued an OSHA citation, the company must take measures to reduce or eliminate the hazard by the date noted on the citation.
4. You’re entitled to copies of your medical records and records of any exposure to toxic and harmful substances or conditions because this is information you need to know.
5. If you spot a workplace hazard, you have the right to notify your employer or report it to OSHA. Upon request, the Agency will keep your identity confidential.
6. You’re permitted to file a complaint with OSHA if your employer retaliates or discriminates against you for filing a safety and health complaint or for using rights granted to you under the OSH Act. Complaints must be filed within 30 days of the alleged incident.
7. Your employer must provide training in a language you understand.
8. It’s your right to work on safe machinery.
9.Your employer must provide access to copies of the workplace injury and illness log.
10. By law, you’re permitted to review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
MAC Incorporated is committed to working with employers who prioritize safety as a top concern. Keep up with our blog to stay updated with the latest from OSHA, and if you’re looking for an engineering, maintenance, or operations management job, team up with us to find opportunities with companies that truly care about your well-being.