|March 1, 2013 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Under OSHA’s general-duty clause, all employers have the obligation to maintain a safe workplace regardless of whether OSHA has adopted any particular standard relating to how the tasks at issue are to be performed. In the current administration, OSHA is showing a willingness to stretch the general-duty clause to cover a broader number of workplace-safety issues than ever before. One of those areas is workplace violence, whether internal among employees or external from a crime. OSHA has focused particularly on retailers whose practices it believes provide a heightened opportunity for employees to become victims of a violent crime while on the job.