New OSHA training emphasizes workers' rights

"Introduction to OSHA," is a new training component emphasizing workers'
rights. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) developed the information in support of the Secretary of
Labor's goal of strengthening the voice of workers.

It focuses on the importance of workers' rights and advises them of their right

  • safe and healthful workplaces

  • know about the presence and effects of hazardous chemicals

  • review information about injuries and illnesses in their workplaces

  • receive training

  • request/file for an OSHA inspection and participate in the inspection

  • be free from retaliation for exercising their safety and health rights

"For too long workers have avoided making claims of unsafe work conditions out
of fear of losing their jobs," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David
Michaels. "We are confident that this new training will embolden workers to
speak up when they find work practices that endanger their lives and the lives
of their co-workers."

During the 10- and 30-hour outreach training program classes, OSHA trainers
will cover topics on whistleblower rights and filing a complaint, and will
provide samples of a weekly fatality and catastrophe report, material data
safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Trainers
can obtain test and answer sheets from their authorizing training organization.

Further info - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration