Question: Who Do You Report Unsafe Work Conditions To?

Under federal and state laws, employers must provide a safe workplace.

If unsafe working conditions are present, a worker may report the violation to the employer, to the federal and/or state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and in some cases, the worker may refuse to work.

What qualifies as unsafe working conditions?

An unsafe work environment occurs when an employee is unable to perform her required daily duties because the physical conditions of the workplace are too dangerous. For instance, exposed wiring, broken equipment, hazardous materials, or asbestos could pose an unsafe working environment for employees.

Can you file an OSHA complaint anonymously?

Please click “Submit” only once. Remember that you cannot file a whistleblower complaint with OSHA anonymously. If you file a complaint, OSHA will contact you to discuss your complaint. If OSHA proceeds with an investigation, the employer will be notified of your complaint.

Can you sue a company for unsafe working conditions?

Answer: When employees are injured at the workplace, the general rule is that they can only get compensation for their injuries through workers’ comp; they can’t sue their employers in court. In some states, there is a limited exception when an employer intentionally hurt an employee.

How do I report a business for health violations?

How to File a Complaint

  • Submit online via electronic complaint form.
  • Download a PDF complaint form and fax or mail it to your local OSHA Regional or Area Office.
  • Call the violation in to your local OSHA office or 1-800-321-OSHA.

How do I report an unsafe workplace?

You can file a complaint by calling your local OSHA Regional Office. In states with approved state plans, employees may file a complaint with both the State and Federal OSHA. If there is an emergency or the hazard is immediately life-threatening, call your local OSHA Regional Office or 1-800-321-OSHA.

What are unsafe and unsafe conditions?

Unsafe conditions are hazards that have the potential to cause injury or death to an employee. Some of these hazards include erroneous safety procedures, malfunctioning equipment or tools, or failure to utilize necessary safety equipment such as goggles and masks.

Can you be fired for reporting to OSHA?

But if you have faced retaliation for calling attention to unsafe for unhealthful working conditions, OSHA may be able to help. If you believe you have been demoted, moved to a less desirable job or shift, or fired because you acted to protect yourself or others from hazards, OSHA will investigate your complaint.

What are the types of OSHA violations?

There are six specific categories of OSHA violations, each of which carries either a recommended or a mandatory penalty.

  1. De Minimis Violations.
  2. Other-than-Serious Violations.
  3. Serious Violations.
  4. Willful Violations.
  5. Repeated Violation.
  6. Failure to Abate Prior Violation.

What are some OSHA violations?

The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Workplace Safety Violations

  • Fall Protection — Total Violations: 7,250.
  • Hazard Communication — Total Violations: 4,696.
  • Scaffolding — Total Violations: 3,814.
  • Respiratory Protection — Total Violations: 2,371.
  • Ladders — Total Violations: 2,310.
  • Machine Guarding — Total Violations: 2,097.
  • Powered Industrial Trucks — Total Violations: 1,993.