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    What legal obligations for health and safety does an organization have for its employees? Consider the contract workers who have been killed in Iraq. Who is obligated to protect those workers, if anyone? Does OSHA cover the safety of someone you contract labor from located in another country? Discuss the legal and ethical implications of utilizing contract labor from the perspective of safety. Do you think that employers should be held accountable if one of their employees physically or emotionally threatens or harms another employee or a customer? Why or why not?

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    Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
    "OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health is the administrator for OSHA. This person answers to the Secretary of Labor, a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States (OSHA, 2011)."

    What legal obligations for health and safety does an organization have for its employees?
    Legal Obligations for Health and Safety - OSHA Law for the Employee
    The employee has certain rights under OSHA (2011) as follows:
    1) Employees must obey federal health and safety standards.
    2) OSHA does not set penalties for wrongdoings.
    3) Employees can file a complaint about unsafe areas.
    4) OSHA keeps employee's identity anonymous.
    5) Employees can file complaints online.
    6) Employees can attend OSHA conferences.
    7) Employees may respond to employer applications for variances, modifications of abatement, and contest of citations.
    8) Labor unions have a legal right to complain about proposed OSHA regulations.
    9) Employees can request training as required by OSHA.
    10) Employees can request information from employers about OSHA standards.
    Application and Implication of the OSHA Law for the Employer
    The employer needs to follow and uphold certain responsibilities ...

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    This posting discusses the Occupational Health and Safety Act.