What are an employer's responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?

Authors: John D. Surma and Collin G. Warren, Adams and Reese LLP

OSHA requires an employer to furnish each employee with a place of employment free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This requirement is typically known as the General Duty Clause.

Additionally, OSHA requires that each employer implement and follow all requirements of the OSH Act, which include, among other things, the following:

  • Hazard identification;
  • Hazard abatement;
  • Providing personal protective equipment, training and testing;
  • Equipment maintenance; and
  • Machine guarding.