Alabama Facilities: What you need to know

Unless a state has its own occupational safety and health law, approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace facilities are regulated principally by OSHA, under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Since Alabama does not have its own federally approved program, the OSH Act applies and mandates the design, operation, conditions, and maintenance of workplace facilities.
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Employer's “general duty." Part of the OSH Act is the “general duty” provision, requiring employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees and to do everything else that is reasonably necessary to protect the lives, health, and safety of employees. To the extent that the OSH Act contains loopholes, this law is intended to fill them. .
Under Alabama state employment law, employers must supply a place of employment constructed, repaired, and maintained to keep it reasonably safe (AL Code Sec. 25-1-1).
Employers must maintain reasonably sanitary and hygienic conditions in the workplace for the protection of the life, health, and safety of the employees (AL Code Sec. 22-10-1). If possible, employers should provide separate toilet facilities for each sex.
Mines. Alabama has laws regulating sanitary conditions in mines (AL Code Sec. 25-9-283). Coal mine operators must post a summary of the laws and regulations pertaining to coal mine safety (AL Code Sec. 25-9-364).
Breastfeeding accommodation. State law mandates that a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present (AL Stat. Sec. 22-1-13). The statute doesn't specifically ...

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