Since 1970 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been looking out for the safety of American workers. Despite rules and regulations in place which encourage employers to provide a safe working environment for all workers, many employees still find themselves the victim of a workplace accident. While in some cases these accidents may have been avoided, there are certainly situations where nothing could have prevented a workers’ injury. It is not only important for employers to understand their responsibilities but also for all employees to understand their rights as well. By working together, workplace accidents can be prevented resulting in fewer injuries on the job. Here are just a few of the rights to which workers are entitled as outlines by an OSHA Publication.
- Rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Rights to Information
- Rights to Access Records and Test Results
- Rights to Promote Workplace Safety
- Rights During the Inspection Process
- Rights to Protection from Retaliation
- Rights in State-Plan States
- Worker Responsibilities
- Assistance, Services and Programs provided by OSHA
When workers take the time to learn exactly what employers should be doing and how to protect their rights, the chances of being involved in a workplace accident can be greatly reduced. The overall health and well being of all workers is vital to the economy. When workers are protected from injury, they are able to perform at peak efficiency which is good for the business. Conversely when workers miss work as a result of injuries, workers’ compensation claims rise and individual families suffer from a loss of income.