The Occupational Safety and Health Act – Sec. 5(a)(1)

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: February 2nd, 2012
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There is no OSHA standard for workplace violence. However, OSHA interprets the so called general duty clause (below), which requires employers to prevent “known hazards,” as covering workplace violence.

SEC. 5. Duties

(a) Each employer —

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.

(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.

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