How to File a Complaint with OSHA

If you are concerned about your health and safety at work, you have the right to file a complaint with OSHA. We'll tell you what you have to do.

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is dedicated to creating healthy and safe work environments. They do this by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

If you are concerned about your health and safety at work, you have the right to file a complaint with OSHA and request an inspection at your workplace. Here are your options for filing a complaint:

  • Online – Fill out OSHA’s online complaint form. Keep in mind that online complaints may be less likely to result in onsite inspections.
  • Download and Fax/Mail – Download the OSHA complaint form. Complete it and then fax or mail it back to your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. Written complaints signed by a worker are more likely to result in onsite OSHA inspections.
  • Telephone – Call your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. You can discuss your complaint with someone from the OSHA staff and get your questions answered.


When filing a complaint, you have the right to request that your name is not revealed to your employer. It is also against the law for an employer to fire, demote, transfer, or discriminate in any way against a worker for filing a complaint.

Although hazards and safety violations can be found in any workplace, construction sites are particularly dangerous. Unsafe working conditions could cause falls, electrocution, or workers being struck by objects. If you are a construction worker and are concerned about your safety at work, don’t hesitate to contact OSHA to file a complaint.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a New Jersey construction accident, you may be entitled to third-party compensation in place of, or in addition to, workers’ compensation benefits. Get in touch with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer today for help.

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