You have the right to information from your employer about:

  • Chemicals used at work
  • Injuries and illnesses that happened at work to co‐workers or past employees
  • Your medical records
  • Tests your employer has done to measure chemical, noise and radiation levels

How much can I find out about the chemicals and other hazards I work with?

  • Your employer must give you full information about the chemical hazards in your work area.
  • Your employer must have available Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all chemicals you work with or are exposed to.
  • Your employer must make sure the proper labels are on all hazardous chemicals.
  • Your employer must provide training on safety and health hazards at your workplace. You should get training on how to safely handle chemicals and how to make sure machinery you use is properly shut off (lock‐out/tag‐out procedures).

If I raise questions about health and safety can the boss retaliate or discriminate against me?
It is illegal for your boss to retaliate or discriminate against you for asking questions about health and safety. He or she cannot transfer you, deny you a pay raise, cut your hours, or fire you because you took action regarding your health or safety.

If things at my job aren’t safe, can I file a complaint with someone?
You have the right to file a complaint with OSHA if you think your workplace is unsafe. You can file a complaint either in writing or by telephone. If you want OSHA to inspect your workplace, put your complaint in writing. You can ask OSHA to keep your name confidential, so your employer won’t know who made the complaint.

Experts
Carol Brooke
Bill Rowe
Allan Freyer