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By: Michelle Graveen
Publication: Supervisor Safety Alert
Date Posted: Jun 14, 2018
Employees can refuse to do a job if the conditions are hazardous, but this is a limited right. Under the OSH Act, an employee’s right to refuse to do a job is protected by whistleblower laws only if all of the following conditions are met:
Regardless of the unsafe condition, the employee may not simply walk off the job and expect whistleblower protections. When all of the above conditions are met, the worker must take the following steps:
Also keep in mind that, outside of OSHA protections, union contracts and/or state laws may give employees the right to refuse to work.
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