general duty clause
In the workplace, in the absence of a health or safety standard,
the general duty clause at section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety
and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 delineates an employer's responsibilities.
The clause mandates that each employer "furnish to each of his employees
employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized
hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious
physical harm to his employees." A general duty clause violation
occurs when a condition or activity in the workplace presents a
hazard that could have been eliminated or materially reduced and
is likely to cause death or serious physical harm to an employee.
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