Fix My Job
Old, Broken, Unsafe Equipment
Does your workplace sometimes remind you of the fictional “Island of Misfit Toys” – full of broken, battered, and just plain ancient stuff?
Federal agency: OSHA site gives all the information you need on your rights
Legal information: “OSHA: Complying With Workplace Health and Safety Laws,” at NOLO.com
Nonprofit website: National Council on Occupational Safety and Health has resources and info for workplace safety advocates
You are probably asking yourself some questions.
- Can my employer take revenge? The answer is no. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting unsafe conditions. Check out what Fix My Job has to say about Whistle-blowers.
- When faced with an unhealthy situation, can I refuse to work? The answer is yes, but only if you follow all the steps that OSHA lays out here. If you are in a union, you can ask for your union rep when you see a safety hazard on the job.