What do Employers Need to Know About the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Intended Use of the General Duty Clause?

11/20/2015

Haynes and Boone Associate Punam Kaji  prepared a Workforce Q&A for the Texas Business Report, Volume 30, Issue 11 in November 2015.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) promulgates how employers shall provide a safe workplace; however, the broad General Duty Clause under section 5(1)(a) of the Act allows OSHA to cite employers for failing to “furnish . . . a place of employment . . . free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”

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