Employer Obligation

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:

  • provide a workplace free from recognized hazards and comply with OSHA standards
  • provide employee training required by OSHA standards.
  • keep records of injuries and illnesses.
  • provide medical exams and access to exposure and medical records
  • not discriminate against workers who exercise their rights (under the Act (Section 11(c)).
  • post OSHA citations and abatement verification notices.
  • provide and pay for PPE.


As an employee, you have the right to:

  • a safe and healthful workplace
  • know about hazardous chemicals
  • information about injuries and illnesses in your workplace
  • complain or request hazard correction from your employer
  • training
  • hazardous exposure records and medical records
  • file a complaint with OSHA
  • participate in an OSHA inspection
  • be free from retaliation for exercising safety and health rights
  • worker responsibilities



Figure 1: OSHA Job Safety and Workers Rights Poster

Clicking the link will open a new browser window. Close the new window to return to this lesson.