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Are You Observing Workplace Laws?

According to NOLO, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, also known as OSHA, requires employers to provide a healthy and safe working environment for employees. Additionally, many states have passed their own workplace health and safety laws. If you are wondering what obligations you should fulfill, as an employer or what obligations your employer should fulfill, as an employee, continue reading to learn more.

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OSHA requires covered employers to maintain a workplace that is free of current or potential hazards and that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical injury. These hazards are also known as “recognized hazards.” Hazards include unsafe conditions, like toxic fumes or broken equipment, unsafe practices, like push starting tractors or operating circular saws with one hand instead of both hands, according to OLO. If you can detect a hazard via your senses when walking through your workplace, your employer is probably violating OSHA. Employers should use reasonable means to look for and eliminate hazards, according to NOLO. OSHA also requires employers to provide tools and equipment if necessary that are in safe working condition, to adequately train and supervise employees, and to provide specific safety equipment when necessary, according to NOLO.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, employers must meet certain reporting requirements, posting requirements, and recordkeeping requirements, and they must submit to OSHA inspections, according to NOLO. Examples of such requirements include reporting fatal accidents to OSHA within eight hours of their occurrence, posting an OSHA poster informing workers of their rights and obligations under the law, and keeping a record of your efforts to comply with the law and to prevent injuries and illnesses, according to NOLO.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 there were 3.3 million reported cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. If you are experiencing difficulty determining if you meet OSHA standards or if your employer meets OSHA standards, consider contacting the Workers’ Compensation Center today (800) 223-1866. South Florida workers compensation and injury attorney Evan Hoffman and his fellow attorneys provide services to residents of South Florida, including residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

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