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PAWA legislation would modernize the 42-year-old Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in industries that have outpaced decades-old government regulation. The act clarifies an employer’s duty to provide a safe working environment; improves OSHA reporting, inspection and enforcement efforts; extends OSHA protections to 8.5 million American workers not currently covered; protects workers who blow the whistle on unsafe conditions and increases penalties for those who break the law.
OSHA has published new and revised information that explains workers’ and employers’ rights, as well as how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, general, and maritime industries.