OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections


Does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) need to produce worker rights educational materials in other languages? What other approaches should the agency consider to reach these workers? How can inspectors ensure vulnerable workers are comfortable providing information related to trafficking or other workplace hazards?

Background Information

Domestically, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors play an important role in recognizing trafficking through enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and are often one of the first federal agencies to make contact with vulnerable workers and detect exploitation in the workplace, including trafficking in persons or unlawful child labor. Such activities are referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation while ensuring the potential victim's protection.

Through their interactions with workers in the course of workplace safety and health inspections, OSHA inspectors are positioned to detect and refer potential cases of labor trafficking or related worker exploitation. OSHA also participates in various coalitions and trafficking task forces around the country to better collaborate with our federal and state partners to combat labor trafficking and assist victims.

OSHA is participating in this online dialogue to gather input and ideas from knowledgeable parties to further develop the agency's approach to this challenging situation. Ideas and comments gathered from this online dialogue can guide the agency's approach to include new resources and materials.