Workplace Health Safety Lawyer AZ
The United States Department of Labor, responsible for protecting the rights of about 10 million employers and 125 million employees, grants the responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers and working conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This agency is obligated to ensure that the working environments for both employees and employers adheres to the safety and health standards as set by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. In this regard, employers have a duty to provide that both work and the workplace are free from any recognized, severe dangers.
Almost every employee in the nation will fall under the OSHAs jurisdiction, as this organization ensures that workplace laws are being followed strictly to protect the safety and health of all workers. There are, however, a few exceptions in which employees and employers would not be covered by the OHSA. Some of these exceptions include some transportation workers, immediate family member of farm workers, miners, self-employed individuals, and many public employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was established in order to ensure that workers were not being killed or harmed while in the workplace. Under this act, laws were passed to make sure that working conditions are free of known dangers, as enforced by the OSHA. In order to further ensure the safety and health of all workplace conditions throughout the country, the OHSA provides various training programs, information, and assistance to workers and employers.
Workplace health and safety are two of the most important employee rights today. When an employee accepts a position within a company in the United States, they expect to be treated a certain way. Even more so, however, they should expect to be placed in the safest working conditions possible, free from any potential hazards or harm. Phillips Dayes Law Firm PC has seen a number of cases where employees were simply treated poorly based on the inadequate workplace health and safety in which they were subjected to. If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries or harm due to inefficient workplace health and safety, contact our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
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OHSA Workers Rights
Each employer is responsible to monitor the state of the workplace regular, ensuring that all workplace health and safety standards are met, as laid out by the OSH Act. The law protects employees from being subjected to unsafe or harmful conditions in the workplace that may put them in a compromising situation. Unfortunately, these laws are commonly broken by employers. In some cases, the employer may be unaware that any illegal activity is taking place. Regardless, employees must be well aware of their rights in order to protect them.
The following are workers rights under the OHS Act to:
- Obtain information, as well as training, in regard to dangers, methods of prevention, and the OHSA standards that relate to their particular workplace
- Confidentially file a complaint with the OHSA for workplace inspection
- Access records of work-related injuries and/or illnesses that have taken place in their workplace
- Obtain copies of medical records from the workplace
- Speak with the inspector in private, as well as participate in the OSHA inspection
- If the employer has retaliated in any way following the inspection request, the employee may file a complaint
- Any whistleblower acts are protected under OHSA jurisdiction
In order for Arizona employees to protect themselves and their family members, they must be properly informed of OHSA workers rights. Without this knowledge, workers are unable to defend themselves against the wrongdoings of employers or bring attention to inadequate working conditions. If you or a loved one has experienced any unhealthy or unsafe working conditions, you must not hesitate to request an inspection. For further legal guidance,Phillips Dayes Law Firm PC is here for you. With years of experience in employee rights litigation, we know what it takes to win.
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Employer Responsibilities Under the OHSA
The OHSA takes their role in government seriously, as they must ensure that all employers provide a safe and health working environment and workplace conditions for all employees. When any workplace health and safety problem emerges, it is up to the employer to take control and manage the situation. In this regard, the employer must make immediate changes to current conditions in order to regain the health and safety standard as set by the OHSA.
Employers are responsible for the following elements of workplace conditions and standards:
- Training employees using both vocabulary and language that is understood
- Ensure that all employees are informed of any hazards via either labels, training, color-coded systems, alarms, chemical information data sheets, and any other methods that increase safety
- Consistently perform tests to verify that OSHA standards are being complied with
- All work-related injuries and illnesses must be recorded accurately and kept on record
- Provide the OHSA standard medical tests, including hearing tests
- Display OSHA citations, as well as any injuries and illness data, in a place where all workers can see
- Send notification to OHSA with 8 hours of any kind of workplace fatality or hospitalization of three or more workers
- Display the official OHSA posters prominently, ensure that all workers can easily see the rights and responsibilities described in the OHS Act
If you or a loved one believes that an employer has neglected to adhere to any OHSA standards, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries that you have suffered in the workplace. Contact our employee rights attorneys immediately for a no-obligation consultation.
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The state of Arizona OHSA standards apply to all private sector employers and employees, all state and local government workers, and all federal government workers. Phillips Dayes Law Firm PC has seen a countless number of individuals who have been subjected to workplace health and safety conditions that simply do not adhere to the OHSA standards as laid out by the OSH Act. Our personal injury lawyers take pride in their role in protecting the rights of all Arizona employees and employers.
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