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Employment Law


Occupational Safety and Health

Learn how federal law regulates workplace health and safety through the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).


A manufacturer made batteries for electric cars. The manufacturing process created a risk of lead exposure from dust and fumes. Under standards promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, the employer was required to issue specific respirators to employees and ensure that employees used them correctly.  

The manufacturer paid little attention to the respirator standard. One day, several employees were exposed to unhealthy levels of lead because their...