Workers generally have the right to a safe workplace and when that has been compromised, different protections are available to help protect them. Both federal and state laws require employers to provide their employees with a safe workplace and a safe working environment and it is important that workers are familiar with their protections and rights in the workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a federal law designed to protect workers from unsafe workplaces. This includes protections from both workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. To help keep workers safe, employers are required to provide a workplace that is free of health and safely hazards that might cause serious injuries or death; keep a record of injuries, exposures to hazardous materials and deaths in the workplace; provide any necessary safety training; and post OSHA safety training notices in the workplace.