You may have been working at your construction site for almost five years. You wear a hard hat every day, and make sure to take the necessary precautions. How do you know if that construction site is safe?
What exactly is a safe workplace?
Workplace safety is the first thing you should consider with any job. Especially, if you work in mining, pharmaceuticals, construction, chemicals or even working for the police department. Employers are responsible for workplace safety, including orientation and training. Companies should monitor the place where you work for safety hazards. The employers may face penalties if the appropriate safety standards are not met.
According to the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Act of 1970, there are federal laws in place to protect workers just like you. Under the OSHA Act, employers are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace. OSHA’s mission is to ensure safe and wholesome workplaces by setting standards, and by proving outreach, support and instruction. Bosses must fulfill all OSHA standards. Employers must also follow the general duty clause of the OSHA Act, which wants companies to keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards.
Here are some things you can be on the lookout for to know if you have a safe workplace:
Feeling safe at your job should not be an exception. Your employer should know what is and is not considered a safe workplace. If you feel like you are still unsure about your workplace, maybe an attorney can help.
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