Employers are responsible for protecting the safety and health of their employees. Over the last several decades, laws have been passed to ensure workers are protected from hazards in the workplace such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, which covers rules concerning the employment of young workers.
This guide provides information that helps businesses comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. For information on complying with the Mine Safety and Health Act, visit the Mining and Drilling Industry Guide; and for information on complying with child labor laws, visit the Child Labor Law Guide.
Under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, as the employer, you must provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to your employees regardless of the size of your business. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to create standards and regulations that implement the Act.
As an employer, you must comply with OSHA standards and regulations. The following OSHA resources will help you understand requirements that apply to your business and how to comply.
For Small Businesses
OSHA Tools and Resources
- OSHA Whistleblower Program
Provides information on rights for employees and representatives of employees under the whistleblower program.
- Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation Protections
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and a number of other laws protect workers against retaliation for complaining to their employers, unions, or government agencies about unsafe or unhealthful conditions in the workplace, environmental problems, certain public safety hazards, and certain violations of federal provisions concerning securities fraud, as well as for engaging in other related protected activities.