The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s ready to crack down on employers who don’t provide employees with a safe working environment.
The FDA has announced that it will soon begin cracking down on workplace violence, including violence against employees who are under age 21.
The agency has also released guidance to employers that will be used to help them address any unsafe working conditions that employees may be exposed to.
“We are making great strides in improving the safety and wellness of our workforce,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
“We are working with our partners at the workplace and with our communities to implement new guidance that will help make workplaces safer for our employees.”
The FDA also said it will begin making changes to the way it assesses worker safety, including using tools such as the Workplace Violence Response Tool and the Human Resources Administration’s Employee Violence Response System to assess workplace violence and address it.
The agency said it has been developing guidance for employers since February 2017 and will issue guidance on the subject to employers starting in March.
The company’s CEO said the company has a clear policy of not allowing employees to have a job that allows them to work with their fists or other weapons.
The safety of its employees is a top priority for the company, Gottliey said.
Employers must have a workplace safety policy that specifically covers all employees, including the vulnerable, and must implement it in a way that includes the protection of the vulnerable and employees with disabilities, the FDA said.