How to File an OSHA Complaint

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What is OSHA?

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works with employees in all fields to identify and correct workplace problems. OSHA aids both employees and employers by holding work-related health and safety to a high standard.

What is the OSH Act of 1970?

To illustrate your right to a safe work environment, OSHA created the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970. The OSH Act grants you many privileges, including the rights to:

How Can I File a Complaint?

Additional information concerning OSHA complaints can be found in OSHA area offices, which are located throughout the U.S., and on OSHA's website. Filing a complaint can be done:

When speaking with an OSHA officer or describing your complaint to a lawyer, you must present certain information, such as:

Can I File a Complaint if I Am a Union Member?

As a union member, you may benefit from speaking with your union before filing an OSHA complaint. This does not, however, mean that your complaint will not be heard. Instead, the union can file an OSHA complaint on your behalf and will be in a better position to help defend your claim. As a union or non-union employee, you may benefit from discussing your options and possible courses of action with a lawyer.

What Happens After Filing a Complaint?

After receiving your complaint, OSHA decides whether your concern will be:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you have any questions concerning your health and/or safety while at work, you should consider meeting with an employment lawyer, who can inform you of your rights and duties.

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Last Modified: 08-28-2013 11:50 AM PDT

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