What the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does

There may be many times when you’re exposed to hazards in your workplace due to the type of work you do. However, it’s important that you know when you’re being exposed due to negligence or poor safety standards. One of the most important things you should do upon being hired or going through an interview is to find out if your employer has been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You can search, with the help of OSHA, for any inspections that have taken place.

The agency provides technical information on how to remove and eliminate hazards in the workplace. This is important when trying to reduce and eliminate injuries and deaths. OSHA provides information that spans many fields, whether you’re working with pathogens or you need help with safety equipment knowledge for road construction.

As an employee, you should be protected by your employer. He should give you the tools you need to stay safe so that you don’t have to worry about fatalities or injuries on the job. OSHA provides your employer with information on many subjects, from how to guard machines properly to what to do if an employee is injured on the job. Your employer has to follow federal regulations; failing to do so can result in fines and other penalties.

If you feel that your safety has been put at risk while you’re at work, it’s wise to talk to your attorney about making a claim. You can report your employer to OSHA without the fear of retaliation, and you can make a claim for workers’ compensation if you’ve been injured.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Know Your Rights,” accessed Dec. 03, 2015