Wednesday, September 14, 2005

NIEHS Comes Through On Katrina Workers' Safety Rights

I've been complaining recently that none of the web pages on Katrina-related health and safety issues (EPA, CDC, NOISH or even OSHA)mention workers health and safety rights and that it's the employer's responsibilty to provide safe working conditions.

But I just took a look at the Katrina Responder Orientation Briefing slide show produce by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP), and low and behold, this is what I found:

What are employers' responsibilities?

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards and to follow OSHA standards. Employers' responsibilities also include providing training, medical examinations and recordkeeping.

For more information about OSHA, go to
or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)

Way to go. You win the Confined Space "Seal of Approval"