OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

Protecting workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Description of Idea :

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA must continue to protect workers by investigating complaints and carrying out worksite inspections to ensure migrant workers are working in safe environments. OSHA should issue an Emergency Temporary Standard providing regulations to protect workers against coronavirus exposure in the workplace and including specific, enforceable requirements. Temporary visa workers should be able to leave employers who are not providing safe working conditions without fear of retaliation or losing their visa status.

Reaching workers is critical. At the very minimum, OSHA should have all materials available in Spanish, but the department will better reach workers by ensuring materials are available in Indigenous languages.



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Idea No. 127