Do you know what to do if a dangerous condition exists at your workplace? In addition to bringing the unsafe or unhealthy condition to your employer’s attention, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) advises that under some circumstances, you have a legal right to refuse to work in an environment that could cause you harm.
After reporting the condition to your employer, you can file a report with OSHA at any time. However, if the working condition is immediately hazardous, OSHA may not have enough time to investigate. According to OSHA’s website, when presented with immediate hazards on the worksite, you can refuse to do a task at work if you meet all of these conditions:
OSHA further provides that if all of the above are present, you must do the following:
If you abide by the above, your employer cannot retaliate against you for refusing to work. Is there a dangerous condition where you work?
Approved by attorney Justin Beall