The organization has a responsibility in preventing arc flash injuries. It has the ability to provide a safety analysis of the workplace and develop engineering controls to eliminate hazards. It can engineer new or retrofitted facilities, incorporating the latest safety technology. Organizations have the duty to provide appropriate tools, PPE, and regular maintenance of equipment and training (every three years). A commitment to training is a commitment to safety. Partnerships with equipment suppliers can bring innovative and safer technology to the workplace. Most importantly, management can demonstrate the value of safety to their employees, customers, and other stakeholders through their actions, which creates a positive safety climate where people watch out for each other.
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act states: "Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees", often referred to as "The General Duty Clause".
Employers have the responsibility to:
As an employee, you have the right to:
Figure 1: OSHA Job Safety and Workers Rights Poster
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