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Employee Rights, Safety and Health


Section 215 of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) requires that the Legislative Branch comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and its standards requiring that the workplace be free of recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury. Both employing offices and employees must comply with these workplace safety requirements.

The General Counsel of the Office of Compliance is responsible for investigating suspected unsafe working conditions and prosecuting violations of workplace safety standards. Investigations of suspected unsafe working conditions may be requested by either employing offices or covered Legislative Branch employees.

When an investigation reveals an unsafe working condition, the General Counsel may issue a citation or notice to the employing office that has employees exposed to the hazard and/or to the office responsible for correcting the violation. The office or offices responsible are required to take appropriate action to correct conditions that are in violation of standards. If a hazardous condition is not corrected once a citation is issued, the General Counsel can file a complaint with the Office of Compliance and seek an order mandating the correction of the violation.

At least once each Congress the General Counsel is required to inspect Legislative Branch facilities and report to the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate on compliance with workplace safety regulations.


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