If you work in the construction industry, you’re likely familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program is part of the Department of Labor and sets safety standards that apply to construction and other industries.
OSHA offers protections for employees and outlines the duties of employers to keep employees safe. The standards cover a wide range of topics.
One of the first things to know as an employee is that you have a right to review all standards and regulations set forth by OSHA. Employers should make these materials available. In addition to having access to information materials, employees have numerous rights, including:
- The ability to request OSHA inspections.
- The right to review records regarding injuries and illnesses caused by work sites.
- Have the right to file anonymous complaints to OSHA without any retaliation from their employer.
- Have safety training provided by their employer.
- Have a safe work environment provided by the employer.
Employers have a duty to correct any issues that don’t mean OSHA guidelines. If you employer is not taking the proper steps, you have the right to contact OSHA to do an inspection. This includes the right to have a workers’ representative take part in the inspection.
OSHA exists to protect employees. If you work in the construction industry and are not familiar with OSHA, you should contact your employer. They should have the necessary information available, and if they don’t it is possible they are not complying with safety standards.