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How to Avoid OSHA Complaints by Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the United States Department of Labor protects employees from unsafe working conditions and provides resources and training to keep workers safe from illness, injury, or death. As part of the Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970, employees are granted certain rights when it comes to ensuring safety in their workplace.

Employee Rights

Through the OSH Act of 1970, employees have the right to be informed about the safety conditions of their work place, access to safety training, information regarding OSHA standards that relate to their work environment, tips for reducing risk of injury on the job, and access to injury and illness reports, as well as test results related to hazards.

If an employee believes their employer is in violation of OSHA standards, they have the right to file an OSHA complaint resulting in an inspection of the facility. Depending on the severity of the safety concern, an OSHA citation officer may arrive at the job site for an unannounced inspection to observe the working conditions.

Any employee who submits an OSHA complaint is protected by law against discrimination or retaliation from their employer. It is important to note, OSHA recommends that employees address hazards and safety issues with their supervisor and employer before filing an OSHA complaint.

Avoiding OSHA Complaints

The best and most certain way to avoid OSHA complaints is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for employees that follows the safety guidelines set forth by OSHA, develop safety training programs, and provide employees with the required personal protective equipment (PPE).

Once the workplace is evaluated to ensure workers are protected, the next step is create an open door policy between supervisors, management, and workers for reporting potential safety issues found on the job site. This will encourage employees to address issues internally rather than requesting an OSHA inspection.

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