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Stop Work Authority

Stop Work Authority, Construction

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Stop Work Authority, Construction

Stop Work Authority (SWA), also known as Right to Refuse (RTR), is a policy that organizations can adopt to empower employees, at any level, to immediately halt a job or task at work when a hazardous situation appears imminent, without fear of retribution. This safety topic reviews the concept of Stop Work Authority, provides an overview of a standard SWA procedure, and covers what OSHA has to say on the right to refuse dangerous work.

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Discrimination Against Employees Under OSHA Act of 1970

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OSHA Fact Sheet - Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation

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Weeklysafety.com exclusive safety meeting topic that reviews the concept of Stop Work Authority on construction sites, provides an overview of a standard SWA procedure, and covers what OSHA has to say on the right to refuse dangerous work.

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