In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) was created
within the Department of Labor to reduce hazards in the workplace and
implement safety and health programs. As a construction employee, OSHA’s
safety standards and regulations apply to you, so it’s good to have
an idea of your rights in the workplace.
Employee Rights Under OSHA
OSHA gives construction workers the right to:
- Review copies of standards, rules, regulations, and requirements that should
be available at the workplace
- Have access to employee exposure and medical records
- Request an inspection of their workplace if they believe there are hazardous
conditions or violations of standards
- Receive a copy of tests done to find hazards in the workplace
- Have their names withheld from their employer if they file a written complaint
- Be free of any discriminatory or retaliatory actions taken by their employer
as a result of an OSHA complaint
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
Employer Obligations Under OSHA:
Employers have a duty to:
- Provide a workplace free from hazards
- Make sure employees have safe tools and equipment
- Inform employees of OSHA safety and health standards
- Display the official OSHA poster that describes rights and responsibilities
in a prominent place
- Establish a hazard communication program that includes container labeling,
material safety data sheets, and an employee training program.
- Provide employees with safety training
- Inform employees of their medical and exposure records
If a hazard is not corrected, an employee can contact an OSHA area office
and write a complaint. If it’s determined that a danger exists,
OSHA will conduct an inspection. The inspector may manage an inspection
of the entire workplace or the limited area where the danger or hazard
is. At the end of the inspection, the OSHA inspector will meet with the
employer and the employee representatives to discuss the mitigation of
any hazards found.
If you have been injured at work, contact our
Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyer at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today.
Call (888) 499-6206 for a free initial case evaluation.