The Occupational And Health Act ( Osh Act )

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On December 29, 1970 the Occupational and Health Act (OSH Act) was signed into law. This was to ensure that all Americans workers have safe and healthy working conditions. In order to achieve this goal the, Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created shortly after. The role of OSHA is to issue set standards and rules to help maintain safe workplace conditions. Another role of OHSA is to inspect workplaces to ensure companies are complying with the standards. (Schneid,2014) OSHA partners with 26 states and territories that run their own OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs. Those state-run programs control an additional 37 million employees in 2.4 million work sites. (Schneid 2014) In addition to setting…show more content…
(Schneid 2014) Legal Environment Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), companies are mandated to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Employees who are concerned about an unsafe condition may file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which will conduct an investigation and fine a company for any violations it finds. The OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) both give employees the right to refuse to work in conditions they believe are unsafe. The employees must have a reasonable, good-faith belief that working would be unsafe, but the law protects them even if they’re honestly mistaken about the danger. The two laws have slightly different standards. The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) clearly would protect a refusal to work if conditions were actually unsafe or if employees had a “reasonable and honest belief” that the work presented a safety hazard. If the employee’s concentrated action was deemed unreasonable? The NLRB specifies that it would protect unreasonable actions as well. Human Resource Management Role Human Resource Management plays a vital role when dealing with safety in the workplace. Often times Human Resource Managers serves as a legal liaison between the organization and the employees. Human resource managers are to uphold the employment and safety laws (OSHA and civil rights act) as well as
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