Orange County Workplace Safety
Lion tamers and tightrope walkers have rights to a work environment characterized by workplace safety.
Employers must comply with certain safety standards required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and state laws. Employers must provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or severe physical harm. When it comes to working in a factory environment or working with heavy equipment, you cannot guarantee what will happen. But it is best to stay safe and know what to do in case an accident was to happen. This is why companies are putting safety courses into place for people whose job it is to use machinery daily.
There are also standards specific to various workplace environments regarding workplace safety.
Having a safe and compliant workplace is always key, especially in a factory environment, which is why many factories choose to install a fume extraction system. Researching fume extraction systems might be the way to go for any manufacturers looking to protect the quality of manufacturing processes in their workplace.
The rules extend to temperature, lighting, noise, first aid, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, office equipment, chairs, toilets, protective equipment, and smoking.
There are requirements on reports, inspections, records, posting and notification of employee rights.
You also have a right to refuse to perform unsafe work. There are severe civil and criminal penalties for employers who violate these laws.
You are protected from being retaliated against for “blowing the whistle” on safety violations. However, make sure your employer is violating safety standards before you complain. You may not be very popular with them if you were wrong.
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Don D. Sessions, a Mission Viejo attorney, author and law school professor, helps employees enforce their rights.
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