The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 were created by Congress to ensure that all employees throughout the country are provided with safe working conditions. OSHA protects the rights of workers in the private sector and ensures that they have the training and assistance they need to find success in the workplace. It is important that companies maintain safe and healthy conditions for anyone who works there. In addition, workers are protected from being fired for retaliation against their employer. If a person takes action under New Jersey’s whistleblower laws, they are protected from any retaliatory acts.
It is important for employees to know their rights under OSHA. Some grounds for filing an OSHA complaint may include not having safe machinery, not being properly trained on machines normally used, not having safety equipment, and not having the proper gear to protect oneself from toxic chemical exposure.
Employers should be aware of their responsibilities under OSHA. In addition to providing their employees a safe working environment, they are required to post OSHA regulations in visible areas, maintain records of any work-related injuries or fatalities, and avoid taking negative actions against employees who file a complaint against them.
If you find yourself in an unsafe situation at work, you should be sure to alert your employer of the hazards and may want to consider filing an OSHA complaint. If the employer fails to do anything about the reported hazards, employees may be able to legally refuse to work if they are put in serious danger. OSHA may conduct an inspection to look into the situation. When you find yourself in an unsafe working situation, speak with an experienced employment law attorney who can provide you with assistance and guide you in the right direction.