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What are your options for reporting a safety violation at work?

When you were first hired for your job in California, you probably received training that informed you about how to do your job and how to manage any hazards that you may encounter along the way. Your employer may have even provided you with instructions for reporting hazards that could cause a danger to you and your coworkers. However, if your employer is showing negligence in assessing hazards and implementing solutions to mitigate their danger, you may be considering submitting a complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you have several options for reporting a safety violation in your workplace. You could download a complaint form or even get a physical copy of one from your local OSHA office. Once filled out in its entirety with all of the applicable details, you can fax your response to the appropriate addressee. Another option is to go online and fill out a form and submit it in the same location. Finally, you could consider placing a phone call where you can speak with someone directly about your concerns. 

There is a specific phone number for situations in which you suspect that the hazard is going to cause an immediate danger that requires proactive attention. In all of these scenarios, the information you provide to OSHA staff are considered confidential and will be processed with your protection in mind. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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