All employees have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously injured at work. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training, and assistance to workers and employers. Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards.
Many workplaces have hazards that pose a threat to worker safety and health. Workplace hazards vary significantly depending on the type of work being performed and the environment the work is performed under. For example, construction workers may be exposed to fall hazards from working off the ground, while healthcare professionals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens from sick patients. Hazards come in many forms, and it is important for you to know what a hazard is and how to protect yourself.
Once hazards have been identified in the workplace, it is important to establish methods to eliminate or reduce exposure to them. The methods are called "hazard controls," and a hierarchy of control strategies has been developed to apply the methods. In this module, we’ll discuss each of the hazard control strategies.
Sometimes the only method to control hazards, short term or long term, is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Personal protective equipment comes in various forms and is designed to prevent an employee from coming into direct contact with a hazard. Employers are responsible for providing PPE for their employees, and employers are responsible for ensuring their employees use PPE as required and that it be used correctly.
If there was a fire, earthquake, or chemical spill at your workplace, would you know what to do? Your employer is responsible for developing an emergency action plan to help ensure employees know what to do in the event of a workplace emergency. Your emergency action plan may assign responsibilities to you, and you need to know what these responsibilities are. If someone gets hurt, are you responsible for providing first aid care? If so, this should be detailed in the emergency action plan, and your employer must provide any necessary training.
This course will focus on each of these topics from the employee's perspective. The course will also explain the employer's responsibilities. By the end of this course you should be able to:
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