The Role of your Health and Safety Representative In Resolving Workplace Bullying And OSHA issues
The responsibility of the Health and Safety Representative (if there is such a person) is to create a liaison with employees on matters of health, safety and welfare, as well as to report to the employer any hazards or potential hazards that an employee may be exposed to. When workplace bullying is identified by your organization as a workplace hazard the employer is expected to provide the Health and Safety Representative with any information the employer has about bullying.
On the other hand the employee has rights under OSHA. More specifically the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures safe and healthy working conditions for all employers in the United States, which set and enforce standards that provide training, outreach, education and assistance to those who need this help. The Health and Safety Representative can serve to be the intermediary contact of the organization to OSHA.
Under OSHA employees have the right to:
Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses. File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules.
OSHA will keep all identities confidential. Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
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