Filing a Safety Complaint with OSHA
Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. In fact, federal law requires your employer to provide a workplace that is free from recognized safety and health hazards. But how are you going to take action if there are dangerous health and safety concerns on the job? Read our latest blog to know when, where, and how to file a safety complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): What if there are unsafe or unhealthy conditions at work? You have the right to voice your occupational health and safety concerns without fear of retaliation. If possible, OSHA recommends that you let the employer know about the hazard immediately. You also have the right to refuse hazardous work as long as all of these conditions are met:
- You have already asked the employer to eliminate the hazard (where possible)—and your employer failed to address the issue.
- You refused to work because you genuinely believe that there’s an imminent danger.
- A reasonable individual also agreed that there’s a real and apparent threat of serious injury or death.
- Because of the urgency of the occupational hazard, there’s insufficient time to rectify the threat through regular means of enforcement (like requesting an OSHA inspection).
- You believe that there is a hazardous working condition.
- Your employer is not following safety regulations.
- Online – Simply fill out OSHA’s online complaint form with the necessary details. To process your complaint accordingly, be sure to provide complete and accurate information about the worksite:
- Include the name and address of the employer.
- Describe the alleged hazard(s).
- Specify when and where the supposed violation happened.
- Give an estimate of how many employees are affected.
- Fax or email – Download, complete, and submit the complaint form via fax or mail to the regional or area office that has jurisdiction over your workplace. Written complaints that are (1) signed by an employee or representative and (2) sent to the nearest area office are more likely to warrant an on-site OSHA inspection.
- Telephone – Call OSHA’s regional or area office in your locality. The staff can respond to any of your questions and discuss your complaint. If there is a life-threatening hazard or emergency, contact 800-321-OSHA immediately.