In the United States you are provided certain workplace protections by law. In order to ensure that employers are complying with these laws, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or “OSHA”). OSHA’s job is to “ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Even when your job is dangerous by nature, your employer is required to do everything possible to reduce potential hazards and provide a safe work environment.
If at any time you feel there is a safety issue that your employer refuses to address, even after you have brought the issue to their attention, then you should report the issue to OSHA.
File a complaint online
If you follow the link above to OSHA’s website, there are step-by-step instructions on how to easily file a complaint regarding a safety issue at your workplace. OSHA also accepts complaints by phone, fax, or mail. Filing a complaint will trigger an inspection and investigation of the workplace and could result in fines for the employer if they are found to be out of compliance with safety standards. You may file anonymously so your employer does not have to know you initiated the complaint. Retaliation against employees who report unsafe working conditions, such as termination or reduction of hours, is also strictly forbidden.
It is not your job to know for sure that your employer is violating any law or doing something wrong. You can file a complaint simply if you feel your safety or the safety of others is at risk. OSHA inspectors will determine if your employer is doing anything wrong.
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