Filing a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

If you believe there is a serious hazard or your employer is not following OSHA standards, you have the right to ask for an inspection. You should file a Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards as soon as possible after noticing the hazard or lack of compliance because OSHA citations may only be issued for violations that currently exist or existed in the past 6 months.

What can I expect?

Step 1

Gather information to file your complaint:


  • Your name, address, and telephone number

  • The name, address, and telephone number of the employer (or employment agency) you want to file a complaint against

  • The manager or owner’s name

  • The type of business

  • A description of the hazards you believe exist, along with the building or worksite location

Step 2

Decide how you want to file:

  • Online

  • By phone at 1-800-321-OSHA

  • By mail or fax

Step 3

  • We’ll review your complaint and contact you if we need more information.

Step 4

We will work with you to answer your questions and determine whether an investigation is the best course of action.

Step 5

We will conduct an investigation and we’ll share our findings with you.


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