The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the Department of Labor. This organization's purpose is to reduce workplace hazards and implement safety and health programs. As part of its mission, it grants certain rights to construction workers.
For instance, OSHA gives employees the right to review copies of appropriate standards, rules, regulations, and requirements, which their employers should have available at the workplace. OSHA also grants construction worker rights of access to relevant employee exposure and medical records.
If an employee suspects or has experienced dangerous construction site conditions, OSHA grants him or her a right to have the job site inspected. An employee is entitled to request the OSHA area director to conduct an inspection if he or she believes hazardous conditions or violations of standards exist in the workplace. Additionally, an authorized employee representative may accompany the OSHA compliance officer during the inspection tour. The employee may have his or her name withheld from the employer, upon request to OSHA, if requested. No matter what, he or she must be free of any discriminatory or retaliatory action taken by the employer as a result of any OSHA complaint.