The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was passed in 1970 to assure safe and healthy workplaces for employees. The Act established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency within the US Department of Labor. OSHA enforces the OSH Act by requiring employers to conform to regulations that specify safe and healthy conditions. An employee has the right to notify OSHA of a violation of an OSHA regulation, that is, to be a whistleblower. OSHA enforces the OSH Act's Whistleblower Statute along with 20 other whistleblower statutes for various industries, including the one for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which regulates the securities industry. This Legal Insight discusses these whistleblower statutes and employee rights pursuant to them.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed in 1970 to assure safe workplaces for employees. The Act covers all private-sector places of employment, even for companies with as few as one employee and for places of employment generally considered safe, such as office buildings; it covers all states and US territories. The OSH Act operates by requiring employers to provide places of employment free of dangers. In doing so, the Act confers rights and responsibilities on both employees and employers. This Legal Insight discusses those rights and responsibilities.
The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) was enacted to codify and strengthen the guidelines set forth in OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard as it relates to reducing the incidence of accidental needle and other sharp (non-needle) equipment injuries in healthcare and other occupational settings where employees are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids, tissue or cell material. The NSPA imposes three requirements on covered employers. This Legal Insight will explore these requirements at a greater length.
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