Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for their employees.
An unsafe or unhealthy work environment can include allowing workers to be subjected to hazardous conditions without proper safety equipment, not taking precautions to mitigate potential risks, or not providing necessary training or safety measures so that workers may avoid potential hazards.
Under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 and Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, employers are responsible for workplace safety measures.
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, some of these requirements include:
- Establishing, implementing, and maintaining an Injury and Illness Prevention Program and update it periodically to keep employees safe
- Inspecting workplace(s) to identify and correct unsafe and hazardous conditions
- Making sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment
- Using color codes, posters, labels, or signs to warn employees of potential hazards
- Establishing or updating safe and healthy operating procedures and communicating them to employees
- Providing medical examinations and training when required by Cal/OSHA standards
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Workers subjected to unsafe or unhealthy work conditions may be entitled to damages.
It may also be considered wrongful termination if an employee brings violations to the attention of the employer or a government agency and is disciplined or terminated as a result.
If you believe that you have been subjected to workplace safety violations or have been disciplined or terminated as a result of a complaint, contact The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation.