Employers in California and around the country are obligated to follow certain safety guidelines that have been established by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If these are not adhered to, an employer may be issued citations and fines for the violations by the agency. Records of these citations must then be posted near the unsafe work area until the matter is corrected.
One of the main responsibilities of an employer is to provide a workplace that is free from serious hazards. Employers must also regularly inspect the work environment to ensure that there are no hazards and the area is safe according to OSHA standards. If there are unavoidable hazards that cannot be removed from a work environment, employers must use clear signs, posters and labels to warn workers about the potential dangers.