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Step 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) (Spanish)
    • Download or order the OSHA Poster in English or Spanish.

NOTE: 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.
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