What to do if my employer wants us to sign off on a safety claim?

I have been working for a company for over 13 years. Now they want me to sign an employee notification letter stating that they have trained me and my 2 other co-workers regarding awareness and safety in dealing with asbestos. We have had no training; we have only been told what the VP tells us about this. Now he want us to stay away after OSHA was here today. He wants us to sign that we will not hold the owner, his consultant and representative harmless in any and all claims arising from or related to asbestos. What do we do?

Asked on June 13, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, I would not sign the documentation that your employe wants you to sign for the simple reason that you did not receive the training with respect to asbestos.

Likewise, I would not sign the hold harmless letter as well. I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of employment law in that there might be some negative fall out to you if you do not sign the requested documentation. You might consider consulting with a representative of your local labor department as well over the matter you have written.


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