In Pennsylvania, all workers are entitled to a safe work environment. Furthermore, being entitled to a safe work environment also gives workers the right to speak up when something isn’t right. Unfortunately, out of fear of being reprimanded or fired, many Pennsylvania workers will not speak up when they notice something unethical or unsafe going on in the workplace.
The OSH Act was put in place in 1970 to enforce all of the aforementioned conditions. Here is a list of workers’ rights covered in the OSH Act:
- Workers are entitled to a work environment that is free from any known dangers.
- Employees have the right to file a confidential complaint with OSHA to have his or her workplace inspected.
- Employees must receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to the workplace. All training must be done in a language the worker can understand.
- Workers have the right to review records of any work-related illnesses or injuries that have occurred in their workplace.
- Workers are entitled to copies of all tests that are run to measure risks and hazards in the workplace.
- Employees are entitled to workplace medical records.
- Workers are welcome to participate in all OSHA inspections and may speak privately with the OSHA inspector.
- Workers have the right to file a complaint with OSHA if they have been discriminated against for exercising any of these rights.
For more information about the OSH Act and your rights as a worker, check out the full brochure at the OSHA website.
Remember, if you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Chambersburg, or Gettysburg area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.