Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers with certain privileges including (but not limited to) the following: the right to receive information and training on workplace hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace; the right to receive copies of the results from tests and monitoring done to find and measure hazards in their workplace; the right to file a complaint with OSHA to have their workplace inspected. To find additional information on worker’s rights, visit https://www.osha.gov/OSHA_FAQs.html#q_1 and the Workers' Rights page at https://www.osha.gov/workers.html for more information.
Often the best and fastest way to get a hazard corrected is to notify a supervisor or employer.
Workers, or their representatives, may file a complaint and ask OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or their employer is not following OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA not to let an employer know who filed the complaint. It is against the OSH Act for an employer to fire, demote, transfer or discriminate in any way against a worker for filing a complaint or using other OSHA rights.
OSHA provides a variety of educational materials and resources, including publications on worker rights, employer responsibilities, All about OSHA, job hazards, and means of prevention. See OSHA's Publications page for a complete listing of available materials or to order publications online. OSHA also maintains Safety and Health Topics pages about specific workplace hazards as well as individual industries. Also available are training materials produced by grantees of a Susan Harwood Training Grant.
For more information on Workers’ Rights, visit OSHA’s Workers' Rights page at https://www.osha.gov/workers.html