When you go to work, you have a right to be kept safe. A safe workplace is a productive workplace, which is why all employers should focus on having good safety standards in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 protects employees and gives them rights and responsibilities that you should be aware of.
First, you have a right to review all regulations, requirements, rules and standards for equipment and the workplace that your employer should keep on hand. Most employers keep this information out in the open where it can easily be accessed.
You should be given access to medical records and exposure records as they relate to your safety in your work environment, and if there is a concern in the workplace, you have the right to have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director come to your workplace for an inspection. Any authorized representative working at the company may walk with OSHA while the inspection takes place to point out issues or to understand the compliance issues the OSHA officer discusses.
Employees who choose to contact the OSHA cannot be discriminated against or retaliated against as a result of that contact or complaint. The employee may also withhold his or her name when submitting the complaint to OSHA, which helps to keep him or her anonymous.
Our website has information on what you can do if you’ve been injured and weren’t informed about your right to safety in the workplace. You should have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and medical care through workers’ compensation.