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I am very sorry to hear that you are being forced to work in an unsafe environment and I can certainly understand why your employer's demands must be frustrating.
Pursuant to OSHA, an employer has a duty to provide a safe work environment for its employees and protect them from risks of serious harm. A worker can make a formal OSHA complaint to grieve about workplace dangers, but can only refuse work in limited circumstance. According to OSHA, an employee's right to refuse to do a task is protected only if all of the following conditions are met:
- Where possible, you have asked the employer to eliminate the danger, and the employer failed to do so; and
- You refused to work in "good faith." This means that you must genuinely believe that an imminent danger exists; and
- A reasonable person would agree that there is a real danger of death or serious injury; and
- There isn't enough time, due to the urgency of the hazard, to get it corrected through regular enforcement channels, such as requesting an OSHA inspection.
For more information on refusing work due to workplace danger, see this link: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/refuse.html
To file an OSHA complaint, see here: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/complain.html
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