What To Do If Your Employer Is Violating Health and Safety Laws
If you see hazards, risks, threats or an accident waiting to happen because your workplace is not up to safety and health codes, there are steps you must take to correct this dilemma. First, write in detail what the hazard or health violation is, including location and time. Make sure you keep a copy of this document for yourself and then give one to your supervisor. If you have a co-worker that agrees with your concerns bring him/her along when you contact your supervisor so they can testify about potentially hazardous working conditions and back you up. Following this, if your employer still refuses to improve the health and safety concerns you have noted reach out to your local OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) office to discuss your health and safety concerns and ask any questions you may have about your situation. If OSHA confirms your concern is a valid one and your employer still does not address the health and safety violation, you may choose to file a complaint with OSHA.
How to File a Complaint with OSHA
If your employer does not make any effort to improve working conditions you can file a complaint by downloading the OSHA online complaint form at www.osha.gov under the “Workers” page or by calling your local OSHA office to request one.
Fill out the form and mail or fax it to the OSHA office. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number so that you can be contacted.
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