Job Safety

Improving Safety on the Job

Worker safety and worker retraining are critical to our continued economic strength and the security of our nation. Senator Murray continues to use her position as Chair of the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee to advocate for working families on issues of workplace safety. Every worker should go to work knowing their government and employer have done all they can to provide a safe work environment that ensures they return home safely at the end of the day. Senator Murray is working to ensure that all employers protect employees and their families by:

  • Holding oversight hearings in her Subcommittee to make sure that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are fulfilling their mission to protect workers and punish those that break the law and endanger workers’ safety
  • Proudly sponsoring the Protecting America’s Workers Act (S.1166), an important bill extending workplace protections to millions of workers, provides stiff and meaningful criminal; penalties for fatal violations of safety laws, provides more resources for OSHA to investigate workplace safety violations, while giving workers and their families more rights during the investigatory process
  • Holding oversight hearings on worker and workplace safety protections in the oil and gas industry
  • Introducing the Mine Disaster Family Assistance Act of 2007, which requires MSHA to designate an organization to manage family support systems during a min disaster
  • Passing the Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007, a bill to ban the manufacturing and importation of products that contain asbestos

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