How to File a Complaint with OSHA: Workers' Rights

Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace -

(a) Each employer --
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
29 USC 654
(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct. [Sec 5 Duties of the 1970 OSH Act]
OSHA also provides workers with the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace;
  • Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination;
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace;
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Get copies of their medical records

1 comment:

  1. Great post! It's very important for every worker to understand not only what their rights are, but the process to complain when those rights are being violated. Thanks for sharing!