OSHA guide to restroom access for transgender workers

by | Jun 4, 2015 | Compliance, Our Blog

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published a Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers.

The guide provides guidance to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers. The publication was developed at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality, an OSHA Alliance partner that works collaboratively with the agency to develop products and materials to protect the safety and health of transgender workers.

Many companies have implemented written policies to ensure that all employees–including transgender employees–have prompt access to appropriate sanitary facilities. The core belief underlying these policies is that all employees should be permitted to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identify.

The publication includes a description of best practices and also makes employers aware of federal, state and local laws that reaffirm the core principle of providing employees with access to restroom facilities based on gender identification.