Know Your Rights
Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:
- Be trained in a language you understand
- Work on machines that are safe
- Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
- Be protected from toxic chemicals
- Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
- Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
- See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace
When to File a Complaint
Safety and Health Complaint
If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, you may file a confidential complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection. If possible, bring the conditions to your employer's attention.
Protection from Retaliation
It is illegal for an employer to fire, demote, transfer or otherwise retaliate against a worker for using their rights under the law. If you believe you have been retaliated against in any way, file a whistleblower complaint within 30 days of the alleged retaliation.
To ask about a health and safety issue at your workplace, discuss your rights, or learn more about OSHA, please contact us. Your information will be kept confidential. Call us toll-free at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA), send questions or comments by email, or find your nearest OSHA office by using the map below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What should I do if there is a dangerous situation at work?
- Am I covered by OSHA?
- What if I am injured on the job?
- Can someone file a complaint on my behalf?
- What happens after I file a complaint?
- What are my employers' responsibilities?
- What are my rights during an inspection?
- Does OSHA have other resources to help me?
- Does my employer have to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and who pays for it?
All Workers Have Rights
by Dr. David Michaels and Dr. David Weil
Most workers in this country are employed by businesses that play by the rules, protecting health and safety on the job and paying [...]
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Common Hazard Citations
- See a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards across all industries.
- Search for commonly cited workplace hazards with your employer's North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Once you know your six-digit code, visit OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page, enter your NAICS code and view the information for last year.
OSHA Law and Standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created OSHA, which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. There are OSHA standards for construction, agriculture, maritime and general industry. Employers also must comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires them to keep their workplaces free of serious recognized hazards.
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