Your Health and Safety at Work FAQ

What rights do I have under the OSH Act?

If your workplace poses an imminent threat to your life, the OSH Act gives you the right to refuse to work. See Nolo's article Dealing With Workplace Health and Safety Issues for more information. 

Even if your workplace does not pose imminent danger, however, the OSH Act gives you many important rights, including the right to:

  • get training from your employer on the health and safety standards your employer must follow
  • get training from your employer on any dangerous chemicals you are exposed to and ways to protect yourself from harm
  • get training from your employer on any other health and safety hazards (such as construction hazards or bloodborne pathogens) that might exist in your workplace
  • request information from your employer about OSH Act standards, worker injuries and illnesses, job hazards, and workers' rights
  • ask your employer to cure any hazards or OSH Act violations
  • file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • request that OSHA inspect your workplace
  • find out the results of an OSHA inspection
  • file a complaint with OSHA if your employer retaliates against you for asserting your rights under the act, and
  • ask the federal government to research possible workplace hazards.

For more information on OSHA or to get contact information for your nearest OSHA office, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration website, at

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