Your employer must provide safety and health training programs as indicated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to keep you safe and educated about your safety. It’s your employer’s job to make sure that you understand what kinds of unsafe conditions exist in your workplace. It’s also his or her job to make sure you aren’t exposed to those hazards due to them being uncontrolled or present in your work environment.
For instance, if you are required to handle caustics, poisons, or other kinds of harmful substances, you should know how to handle them safely. Even if you’re previously educated on how to work with the substances, it’s important that you are given more information on the safe handling and use of these items in accordance to your workplace’s rules and requirements.
On top of that, you should receive information on the potential hazards caused by the substances, learn about how personal hygiene can affect those substances, and be told about the kinds of personal protective measures that you can take to stay safe.
If you’re hurt because these rules aren’t enforced or made obvious in the workplace, it’s important that you are able to file a claim for workers’ compensation. You may also have a case against your employer for violating federal safety regulations.
Our website has more information on what to do if you’ve been hurt at work because of negligence or disregard for your safety. By learning more about the laws, you can work with your attorney to make a solid case against the employer who caused your pain and suffering.