OSHA Wants Workers to Know Their Rights

Oct. 18, 2011
A new OSHA booklet offers updated information concerning workers’ rights under the OSH Act, including rights provided under OSHA standards, filing a complaint with OSHA, participating in OSHA inspections, whistleblower protections and available educational and training resources.

The new Workers’ Rights booklet replaces the agency’s previous Employee Workplace Rights document.

In addition to workers’ rights information, OSHA also published a booklet informing employers of their rights. Employer Rights and Responsibilities explains what happens after an inspection and defines the types of violations for which an employer may be cited as a result of an inspection.

The agency also published the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard, which provides small businesses with a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to provide both employees and workers in small businesses with a better understanding of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard. This guide includes checklists and frequently asked questions.

Finally, OSHA published the following fact sheets and Quick Cards: Permit-Required Confined Spaces in General Industry;
Aerial Lift Fall Protection Over Water in Shipyards; a laboratory safety document and fact sheets to protect workers from exposure to chemical, biological and physical hazards; and more. Free copies of these materials may be ordered at OSHA’s Publications page.

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