Rights and Responsibility on the Job as a Young Worker
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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.