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OSHA’s responsibility in workplace safety

The company owner is the only person responsible to maintain and protect health and safety of their workers. From past several years, many health and safety laws have been put under implementation for the reason to ensure worker’s safety and with the aim to protect them from hazards prevailing at their work place. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), 1970 passes a law that enforces employers to provide a safe and healthy environment to workers, which is free from any kind of hazards and should comply all OSHA standards.

The US Government created OSHA to impose these safety standards and make people aware about workplace safety, including training and assistance to all the workers and employees working in an industry.

Employers working in any of the sectors whether private or public, both of these are covered by an OSHA office under the centralized regulation itself or sometimes even by OSHA programs functioned by their own state. Those states operated by state OSHA program are as effective as those of centralized OSHA programs. All the states conduct inspections regularly and immediately respond to every worker’s complaints. Some states also offers supplementary safety services for small business like as safety consultancy.

Important and essential rights are given to workers as they play the most important role in identifying and rectifying workplace hazards. Once a problem or any hazard gets recognized, workers tend to correct it swiftly. A worker, at anytime can nitpick any hazardous situation prevailing at workplace that has tendency to threaten their health and safety. All the worker’s complaints can be sleeved in through telephone, fax or electronic mail to OSHA official website.
OSHA necessitates employees to obey all health and safety standards that widely are valid to their actions at their duties.

Employee’s responsibilities:

• It is must for employees to follow safety and health standards together using all the required equipments and instruments used at the workplace.

• Always try to follow safe work practices and be alert to identify any hazards that can occur in the industry.

• Post an initial complaint regarding workplace hazard to employer and then post it to OSHA if employer fails to correct the hazardous issue.

• Seek for an emergency treatment in case of any job-related injuries or sickness.

• Be a responsible worker and exercise all rights under OSHA.

The OSHA Act enforces employers to offer a safe and healthy environment that gives workers a place to work in a free space without any recognized hazards. It is employer’s duty to provide necessary training, assistance, medical treatments etc.

If any employer found to disobey or neglect OSHA standards can be cited or can be fines. Such employer can be cited under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, which says employers must ensure their workplace free from any kind of serious hazards. OSHA has under-taken several steps to make certain workplace safety but in support of employees of the industry in maintaining a productive space.