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Bed Bugs in the Workplace

posted on Wed, Mar 19 2014 1:41 pm by Eastern Region

A legal justice advocacy organization asked the Network about workers’ rights in dealing with bed bugs in their workplace and in homes provided by their employer. The Network researched the issue and found that in the requestor’s state, there is no law that addresses bed bugs. However, there are a number of useful resources on bed bugs, and specifically, bed bugs in the workplace.

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures maintains a list of all states with laws addressing bed bugs and a summary of each state’s bed bug-related law(s).
  • A resource, “Bed bugs in the Workplace”, provided by the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force that provides useful information on how to identify bed bugs and effectively deal with bed bug sightings or infestations in a workplace environment.
  • A resource on bed bugs in the workplace written by Kal W. McGintee, Esq. and published by Bernstein Shur, Counselors at Law, that notes among other things that, “the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that employers have a ‘general duty’ to provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazard causing or likely to cause serious physical harm to employees.”

 

The Network has also published three blog posts on the subject of bed bugs:

Finally, the Network produced a webinar in January of 2014 titled “Bed Bugs: Legal Remedies and Limitations to Eliminating a Community Health Problem”. The recording of that webinar can be viewed here.