When you go to work each day, there’s always the possibility that you will suffer an injury. It doesn’t matter what line of work you are in; an injury could be lurking around every corner. You need to do everything possible to protect yourself on the job. If you are fearful of your safety and think your employer is ignoring hazards, you can file a claim with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
You have three methods for filing a health and safety claim with OSHA: phone, fax/mail or online. When filing online or via fax/mail, you will need to download and complete the official OSHA complaint form. If filing a complaint over the phone, you will need the same information you would enter on the form, so you can provide it to the agent who handles your call.
When filing a complaint with OSHA, your case will have a better chance of success if you have plenty of information. Make sure you outline the issues you are facing at work in detail, so the agency knows how serious the problem is for you and your co-workers.
The complaint form must include a lot of contact information. Make sure your employer’s name is spelled correctly. You will need to provide contact information for your employer and yourself. This includes a mailing address and telephone number. Also, be as specific as possible when explaining the type of business your company is in on the form.
Filing a health and safety claim with OSHA is your right as an employee. Make sure you have notified your employer prior to filing a claim about the hazards in your workplace, so they have an opportunity to rectify the situation.