How to deal with a potentially unsafe workplace (environmental issues)?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

atlbride2013:  Can you not contact OSHA directly? I live in Canada, but if we have any concerns about workplace safety we can contact WCB and ask to see any reports.

<h4 class=”red”>Workers’ rights under the OSH Act</h4>

Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers with the right to:

  • Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace;
  • Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination;
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace;
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses;
  • Get copies of their medical records;
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If you don’t trust your company I would definitely get OSHA involved.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That all sounds really fishy to me. Just because their anecdote has a happy ending, doesn’t mean yours will. I don’t understand why there aren’t any reports or why they can’t get things inspected for the overall safety of their employees. I feel like they are just patting you on the head calling you “little lady” and sending you on your merry way. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

When we get our yearly inspections from the EPA they take both air and soil samples from multiple locations. They should have a report or get it for you. OSHA may also have tests for results inside the building for your information too not just outside air but any in the building and offices to ensure you aren’t being affected. Definitely call both agencies I’m pretty sure they, your boss, have to give you the information if requested. They could be working on updating things from the last inspection that didn’t result in fines but typically companies get a list of audits to handle and correct for the next year. 

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