Florida Facilities: What you need to know

Unless a state has its own federally approved occupational safety and health law, workplace facilities are regulated principally by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).Because Florida does not have its own federally approved program, the federal law applies and mandates the design, operation, conditions, and maintenance of workplace facilities.
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Seats. Employers in businesses, including stores, requiring employees to stand or walk during their active duties must furnish suitable chairs, stools, or sliding seat attached to counters for the use of these employees when they are not required to be on their feet. Employer must allow their employees to make reasonable use of these seats (FL Stat. Sec. 448.05).
Breastfeeding accommodations. State law allows mothers to breastfeed their babies in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, but does not specifically address facility requirements. Employers should attempt to accommodate members of the public and female employees who may wish to breastfeed by setting aside a clean, private area (not a toilet stall) with a lockable door for this purpose.
Labor halls. Labor halls must provide facilities for waiting workers, including rest room facilities, drinking water, and sufficient seating (FL Stat. Sec. 448.24(5)).
The following conditions are considered sanitary nuisances injurious to public health and could result in the imposition of a permanent or temporary injunction and damages by the state Department of Health ...

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