When you clock in for your shift, you probably focus on efficiency in providing quality work for your employer. However, while dedication is important to maintaining your position, employment agreements work both ways. Employers also have an obligation to their workforce.
Regardless of whether you are aware of the safety expectations governing your employer, labor laws dictate specific industry-related requirements. Employers must provide a safe and healthy workplace. But, what exactly does that entail?
Five on-the-job safety considerations
Job site dangers may not be a primary concern for most workers. Yet, it is important to understand how potential hazards could lead to a workplace accident.
For example, if you suffer injuries at work, you might ask questions such as: “Did my employer…”
- Follow acceptable industry rules and regulations?
- Inform me of my legal rights?
- Provide adequate task training?
- Communicate risks of job-related material handling?
- Make personal protective equipment (PPE) available?
Your employer must post injury and illness data, along with any citations they receive, for you to see. They are also required to report injuries and fatalities to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Employee rights at work
Some elements of your job or work environment may be unfamiliar to administrators. Therefore, communicating any health and safety concerns with your employer may be vital to mitigating risk. If reported hazards go unaddressed, you can file a complaint with OSHA.
An evaluation of adherence to workplace safety standards could result, and OSHA may issue a fine if they find your employer in violation of industry regulations.
Despite any possible penalties your employer faces because of your complaint, they cannot legally fire you for reporting safety concerns. Meanwhile, if you suffer any injuries due to your employer’s negligence, you have the right to hold them accountable.