Safety in the Workplace

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Most Common Employment Law Issues:

What Is OSHA?

As an employee, you have a right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a federal law that is designed to protect employees from unsafe workplaces. OSHA gives certain rights to employees that they are allowed to assert to ensure that their workplace is safe. There are state workplace safety laws as well, but they usually follow the rules laid down by OSHA.

What Rights Do I Have under OSHA?

The rights that OSHA provides to employees are rights that must be asserted, so it is crucial that you know your rights. Under OSHA, you are entitled to:

What Is the Imminent Threat to Life Rule?

If your workplace poses an imminent threat to your life, you are entitled to refuse to work until the problem is cured. But this right is limited to only those situations in which your workplace poses an imminent threat to your life.

What Do I Do If I Am Injured at Work?

If you are injured at work, there are a few steps you can and should take to ensure that others are not injured by the same hazard:

I Have a Workplace Safety Issue, Do I Need a Lawyer?

Workplace safety laws are complicated and can vary from state to state. An experienced employment lawyer will have knowledge of the laws in your area and can advise you of what rights you have and how to properly assert them.

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Last Modified: 06-05-2014 12:46 PM PDT

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