Question: What is the so-called “General Duty Clause” promulgated by OSHA?
Answer: The “General Duty Clause” of the OSH Act of 1970 requires:
(a) Each employer -- (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct. (https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=OSHACT&p_id=3359; accessed March 2017)