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Lessons learned from real-life OSHA regulation violations

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OSHA - the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - takes every complaint seriously. Take these real-life lessons as a gentle reminder to review your OSHA compliance, so you're well prepared in the event an employee ever files a complaint or worst, an accident or on-the-job injury brings OSHA to the scene.

Lesson: Whether a safety hazard is real, or even perceived, a manager should never punish an employee who lodges a complaint to OSHA

When a Pennsylvania hair salon fired a stylist after the woman’s husband complained to OSHA that the shop’s toilet was backed up and repeatedly overflowed, sending soiled water into the work area.

According to the complaint, “Employees experienced gagging and nausea as a result of the smell of waste in the salon. After the cleaning crew sprayed chemicals in the bathroom, the staff experienced burning eyes, headaches and nausea.” The owner did not allow the employees to close...(register to read more)

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