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OSHA Assistance for Workers and Employers

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OSHA Assistance for Workers and Employers

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was signed into law to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known hazards and dangers. The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a Federal agency that sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards, or that there are serious workplace hazards. Employees can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), or by printing the OSHA complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by an employee are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think that your job is unsafe, or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers page. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your OSHA regional or area office, go to OSHA's Regional & Area Offices web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Note: Twenty-one states and Puerto Rico operate their own occupational safety and health programs approved by OSHA for private-sector, state, and local government employees. Four states and the Virgin Islands operate their own occupational safety and health programs approved by OSHA for state and local government employees only. States enforce standards that are the same or more protective than Federal OSHA standards. A list of state plans is available on the OSHA website.

Small businesses may contact free on-site consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

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