Posted in Our Blog on August 1, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration governs the safety of workplaces in Louisiana. Employers must comply with the agency’s safety regulations and also ensure their employees follow safety rules and guidelines. However, some employers in and around Gretna fail to provide adequate safety training to new hires.
If you are a qualified worker, or a teenager taking on a summer job, it would be a smart move to insist on adequate training before potentially putting your life on the line. After all, how can your boss expect you to comply with OSHA regulations if you do not learn about them first? According to OSHA, a significant number of employees suffer workplace injuries within their first year of employment, and one in eight workers are injured on their first day at a new job.
Your employer should ensure that the work environment is free from known safety hazards that could harm you or your co-workers. As a new employee, you could prevent injuries by learning about the safety culture of a company from the start. However, safety training should also occur before a new assignment, upon a transfer to a different division, and upon introduction of new substances, processes and equipment. Frequent safety meetings can maintain awareness — even if sessions last only five or 10 minutes.
Recommended safety orientation
Your employer should provide safety training in a language that you understand, and training should include the following topics:
Your rights in the event of an injury
Accidents can happen at any workplace, despite strict safety protocols. If you are the victim, you could claim benefits from the Louisiana workers’ compensation insurance program. The benefits should cover all your medical expenses, and if your injury caused temporary disability, the benefits could include a percentage of your lost wages. The claims process might seem daunting, but resources are available to assist throughout ensuing procedures.