Rights/Responsibility on the Job

Rights and Responsibility on the Job as a Young Worker

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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You have the right to:

  • Work in a safe place.
  • Receive safety and health training in a language that you understand.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something sees unsafe.
  • Use and be trained on required safety gear, such as hard hats, googles and ear plugs.
  • Exercise your workplace safety rights without retaliation or discrimination.
  • File a confidential complaint with OSHA if you believe there is a serious hazard or that your employer is not following OSHA standards.

Your employer has the responsibility to:

  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and follow all OSHA safety and health standards.
  • Provide training about workplace hazards and require safety gear.
  • Tell you where to get answers to your safety or health questions.
  • Tell you what to do if you get hurt on the job.

Ways to stay safe on the job:

  • Report unsafe conditions to a shift/team leader or supervisor.
  • Wear any safety gear required to do your job.
  • Follow the safety rules.
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask for help if needed.
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