There are many factors that contribute to safe environments, but one of the most important is an employer who values workers’ safety. Unfortunately, many employers are less concerned with safety than they are with profitability. Now, the Senate is moving to undo a safety regulation that worked in favor of many employees.
Under the current safety regulations, employers must keep records of injuries or illnesses within their workplace dating back five years, and can be held liable for fines if they do not comply. If this regulation is undone, employers would only be required to keep injury and illness records for six months.
Supporters of the regulations claim that only keeping records of injuries and illnesses for six months creates a very small window of opportunity for safety agencies to come through and inspect dangerous workplaces.
If you work in a dangerous environment, or suspect that some element of your workplace is contributing to an illness, you should not wait to seek out proper health care, first and foremost. If your employer shows signs of being uncooperative about creating a safe workplace, there are steps you can take to stand up for your own safety and the safety of your colleagues.
With the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can explore your options for pursuing justice and creating a safe and productive workplace. Do not hesitate to enlist the guidance of an empathetic, experienced attorney who can help you understand the nuances of employment law and ensure that your workplace safety is taken seriously. Proper legal counsel can help ensure that your rights remain protected, regardless of your circumstances.
Source: NBC Local, “Senate votes to block another Obama-era rule,” March 22, 2017