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Filing a safety complaint about your workplace

When you go to work each day you don't anticipate winding up in the hospital or even seriously injured to the point where you can no longer work. Workplace injuries are serious, and many of them are preventable. Employees have the right to file complaints against their employers with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when they do not feel safe on the job.

The most effective way to file a complaint with OSHA is in writing. The complaint should be signed by the worker and/or the representative for the worker. When the complaint is signed, it makes it more likely for an onsite inspection from OSHA to take place. The written complaint can be filed online with an OSHA regional or area office.

You can also file a complaint with OSHA over the phone. You will need to call the area or regional OSHA office that covers your jurisdiction. If you have already filed the complaint, you can call the local office to ask questions and receive an update about the complaint.

Complaints with OSHA can also be filed via fax or traditional mail. Simply download the complaint form found on the OSHA website, complete it, sign it and mail or fax it to a local OSHA office. Make sure all of your contact information is provided on the complaint form.

Now that you know how to file a safety complaint with OSHA you can make sure that your workplace is safe at all times. Be sure to notify your employer of any hazards you notice immediately and document all conversations so they can be provided in the complaint.

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