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What Are Worker’s Safety Rights?

Do you know your rights as an employee? Do you know how to exercise those rights? Does your spouse or child have a job that you feel puts them in unnecessary danger? Many employers continue to put their workers unnecessarily in danger’s way. So, it is to those workers that this article is written for.

All jobs carry a certain amount of risk, and I’m good with that. Taking risks is how we learn from failure and grow, as individuals, companies, and society. During my lifetime, I grew up farming and have worked as a roofer, machinist, firefighter, and dogsled guide, among other hazardous occupations and I have great respect for people who perform jobs with higher risks. Our world needs the roughnecks who work the oil rigs where one mistake can be catastrophic and the police officers who have zero idea what risk is around the next corner but face it anyway. Our society would grind to a cold halt without the people who take immense risk and manage it with intense skill and dedication.

It is the moral and legal obligation of an employer to put safeguards in place and not unnecessarily put those employees and the public at risk. Just because an industry has inherent risks does not mean the worker should show up for work at their own peril, though. It is important for you as a worker to understand that there are acceptable and unacceptable risks in the workplace, and you should not have to take unacceptable risks to pay your bills. Unacceptable risk is going to be different for an office worker, roofer, and firefighter, but in each case, there are risks and requirements.

I’m going to skip over the safety requirements that we’ve all seen, like posters and OSHA 300 logs, and jump straight to the things that are potentially the most impactful for you. There are many other requirements, but these are what I see as the most prevalent….

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What Are Worker’s Safety Rights?

Do you know your rights as an employee? Do you know how to exercise those rights? Does your spouse or child have a job that you feel puts them in unnecessary danger? Many employers continue to put their workers unnecessarily in danger’s way. So, it is to those workers...

What the Health in “Health and Safety” Means for Business

When people think of safety, we usually think of preventing the big "accidents"...fingers in machinery, falls from ladders, fires, and explosions. Safety is not just preventing accidents, though!  Our field is called occupational health & safety (OHS) for a...

Provenio Consulting is in the Spotlight

In a recent interview, Brad talked about Provenio Consulting and some of the programs that we provide. We are grateful to be featured, and we would like to invite you to see our feature. Check out the article on the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

PPE Eye Protection

 Eye protection is a vital piece of personal protection equipment. While many think eye protection is just for the job site, there are many tasks around the home that get overlooked or become an accepted risk such as using a weed whip around the yard.  On the job eye...

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Publications

Brad Kramer, our principal safety consultant, has been featured in various publications. View his articles for Firehouse  and Safety & Health below.

Firehouse

Addressing Volunteer Decline Through Consulting.

Safety & Health

My Story: Readers share how they got into the EHS field.