New York Facilities: What you need to know

Occupational health and safety in private sector workplaces in New York are regulated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), a federal law. To ensure adequate protection of its governmental workforce, New York has adopted the same federal occupational safety and health rules for regulating health and safety in the public sector (state and local governments, schools, etc.) that are applicable to private industry.
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Like most states, New York has a “general duty” provision requiring employers to protect the health and safety of employees by providing a workplace that is structurally sound, has fire protection, safe machinery, adequate exits, protection against radiation and toxic substances, and good ventilation, lighting, sanitation, and hygiene (NY Lab. Law Sec. 200).
There are also additional provisions for the farming, food processing, restaurant, and mercantile industries.
Housekeeping. Workplaces are to be kept in a safe and sanitary condition and in proper repair, with receptacles for waste storage and disposal.
Drinking water. There must be a sufficient supply of clean drinking water for the use of employees (NY Lab. Law Sec. 292).
Washrooms. There must be adequately equipped separate washrooms for each sex that are well ventilated, heated, and lighted. In facilities where poisonous or noxious substances are present as part of business, hot water, soap, and individual towels must be provided (NY Lab. Law Sec. 293).
Toilets. Every factory must have a sufficient number of well-maintained toilets, inside the building and convenient to work areas. There must be ...

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