Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Safe Work for Young Workers

You Have Rights at Work

You have the right to:
  • Work in a safe place.
  • Receive safety and health training in a language that you understand.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something seems unsafe.
  • Use and be trained on required safety gear, such as hard hats, goggles and ear plugs.
  • Exercise your workplace safety rights without retaliation or discrimination.
  • File a confidential complaint with OSHA if you believe there is a serious hazard or that your employer is not following OSHA standards.

Your Employer Has Responsibilities

Your employer must:
  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and follow all OSHA safety and health standards.
  • Provide training about workplace hazards and required safety gear.*
  • Tell you where to get answers to your safety or health questions.
  • Tell you what to do if you get hurt on the job.
    *Employers must pay for most types of safety gear.

Ways to Stay Safe on the Job

To help protect yourself, you can:
  • Report unsafe conditions to a shift/team leader or supervisor.
  • Wear any safety gear required to do your job.
  • Follow the safety rules.
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask for help if needed.