Under Federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns about workplace safety, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation.

You have the right to:

  • work on machines that are safe

Children younger than 18 years old (younger than 16 in agricultural jobs) are prohibited from occupations that have been declared too hazardous for youth, particularly those that use machinery.

You also have the right to:

  • be trained in a language you understand
  • be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
  • be protected from toxic chemicals
  • request an inspection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and speak to the inspector
  • report a work-related injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
  • see copies of the workplace injury and illness log
  • review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace

Questions? We’re here to help.

We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:

For additional assistance, please contact:

All discussions with us, including complaints, are free and confidential. Complaints from workers or their representatives are taken seriously by OSHA. OSHA will keep your information confidential.

Learn about filing a complaint

If you believe your working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, you may file a confidential complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection. If possible, bring the conditions to your employer’s attention. Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to OSHA.

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