Job Site Condition
If your job site has hazardous or unsafe conditions, or if you don’t have access to bathrooms or drinking water, contact Migrant Legal Aid for help.
Hygiene for migrant workers in the field is important, because workplaces without adequate field sanitation facilities foster communicable diseases. For example, drinking from a communal cup, or a lack of soap increases the likelihood of influenza. Especially with the prevalence of pesticides, farmworkers must be educated on their rights to hygienic job site conditions.
Migrant Legal Aid helps enforce the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, which ensure that hazards in the work environment are minimal.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act creates standards for field sanitation that must be maintained by employers. Employers have a myriad of responsibilities that help to furnish a place of employment free from “recognized” hazards. These include providing access to potable drinking water as well as toilet and handwashing facilities.
Migrant Legal Aid offers information about hygienic work practices as well as information about migrants’ rights.
Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Worker Protection Act
Additionally, Migrant Legal Aid helps enforce the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act. This act requires that families have bathroom facilities while working in the fields, potable drinking water and hand-washing facilities; it also requires that migrant workers be given the terms and conditions of their work in writing.