The laws and regulations established by
Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry ensure that workers
are compensated fairly, have safe working environments, and that
employers are not impeding on employee rights. Some of these laws
and regulations - and the agencies that administer them - include,
but are not limited to:
- The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC)
administers laws assuring that workers are insured against
job-related injury, illness or death. The BWC Health and Safety
Division enforces health and safety regulations of the Workers'
Compensation Act. The Office of Unemployment Compensation Service
Centers develops policies, standards and monitoring systems to
ensure the Unemployment Compensation program is operated in
accordance with federal and state laws.
- PENNSAFE (Pennsylvania Safety First)
administers and enforces the Pennsylvania Worker and Community
Right to Know Law. This law requires employers to inform employees
of potential hazards at their place of work.
- The Bureau of Occupational and Industrial
Safety administers and enforces the Uniform Construction
Code, Fire and Panic Law, Universal Accessibility Law, Energy
Conservation Law, General Safety Law, Boiler Law, Elevator Law,
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Law, Flammable & Combustible Liquids
Law, Asbestos and Lead Laws, Bedding and Upholstery Law, Stuffed
Toy Law and Private Employment Agency Licensing Law. This means
that employers are forced to comply with building and maintenance
codes that will keep workers and patrons of that building safe from
harm or hazard.