Farm work is a very important job, but also one that can be very dangerous. Working on a farm exposes you to unique hazards that you would not find in other places of employment.
Because a farm is such a unique workplace, there are special rules and exceptions that only apply there. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you still have rights as a farmworker. Here is an explanation of some of those rights.
1. Working under safe conditions
Despite the unique hazards that farm work can pose, you still have a right to conditions that do not put you at risk of serious harm.
2. Reporting hazards
If you believe your employer is not following OSHA rules or you identify a serious hazard, you have the right to file a complaint. OSHA will not disclose your identity to your employer.
3. Reviewing records
Your employer should keep a record of illnesses or injuries related to work that have occurred on the premises. You have the right to review those records.
4. Receiving training
You have the right to receive information and training about the hazards you may face and the methods in use to prevent them. This information should use vocabulary that you understand. If your first language is not English, you have the right to receive the information and training in your own language.
5. Acting freely
You should be able to exercise your rights as a farmworker without fear of retaliation by your employer. Retaliation may take the form of negative employment actions, such as pay docking or firing. If your employer retaliates against you, you have 30 days to report the adverse action to OSHA.