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What safety-related rights do workers have?

Safety of workers is very important in Michigan, and it's important to know what legal rights you have under current laws. Some of the main rights listed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration include the following:

-- The right to ask for an inspection to be done if there are serious hazards and dangers in the workplace.

-- The right to file this complaint or request in a confidential manner, and to be protected from retaliation by a boss or supervisor.

-- The right to file another complaint if this retaliation occurs anyway. Retaliation could be a demotion, the withholding of pay, a reduction in hours, termination of a job, and the like.

-- The right to be properly trained when working in a dangerous occupation.

-- The right to see documentation relating to injuries that happen on the job and the results of tests that are carried out to find and identify hazards. Employers must be open with employees about the risks that they face.

-- The right to look at the same information as it pertains to workplace illnesses.

-- The right to look at one's own medical records and to get copies of those records.

If OSHA does decide to carry out an inspection of the workplace, the employees can ask to talk to the inspector in private, and this has to be granted by the employer. This is done as a way for employees to make sure that inspectors have all important information about a case.

If your rights have been violated in any way, you need to know what legal steps to take.

Source: OSHA, "Workers’ Rights," accessed March 22, 2016

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