by Joseph K. Dier, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King, Albany
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for regulating employee health and safety at work. That role is expansive and includes regulating everything from heat breaks to bathroom access.
Last month, OSHA stepped into the fray over transgender rights with new guidance on bathrooms.
OSHA issued “A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers” on June 1.
You can download a free copy from the Department of Labor's website.
OSHA stated that the “core principle” of the guide is as follows: “All employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.”
The guide serves as an extension to OSHA’s longstanding rule that, as a matter of health and safety, all employees must be provided a sanitary toilet facility in order to avoid “the adverse health effects that can result if toilets are...(register to read more)