1: Worker Rights and Employer Responsibilities
- Worker Rights. You have a right to a safe
workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act)
requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized
hazards and to comply with occupational safety and health standards. Every
worker has the right to go home whole and healthy every day. Workers have
the right to seek safe and healthful conditions on the job without fear of
punishment. OSHA requires all employers to display the OSHA poster (or
state plan equivalent) in a prominent location in the workplace informing
workers of their rights and protections.
- Learn more. OSHA Employee Rights (Derechos del Empleado). [English;
- Download or order the OSHA Poster in English or Spanish.
States with OSHA-approved state plans (25 states and two territories,
including five state plans limited to public sector employees) provide at
least the same rights (and in some cases additional rights) to workers,
although they may follow slightly different procedures.
- Employer Responsibilities. Employers covered
by the OSH Act must comply with OSHA’s regulations and safety and health
standards. Employers also have a general duty under the OSH Act to provide
a workplace free from recognized, serious hazards.