S. Amir Kohan

OSHA – Provisions and Protections

Regulations implementing this legislation have grown over time. They are complex and detailed. It is important that HR professionals understand the basics and how to obtain additional detailed information that applies to their particular employer circumstance.
There are many standards that specify what employers must do to comply with their legal obligations. Overall, however, the law holds employers accountable for providing a safe and healthy working environment. The “General Duty Clause” in OSHA’s regulations says employers shall furnish each employee with a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury. It also holds employees responsible for abiding by all safety rules and regulations in the workplace. Some provisions require notices to be posted in the workplace covering some of the OSHA requirements. Posters are available for download from the OSHA website without charge. The law applies to all employers, regardless of the employee population size.

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