Any interested person or representative of such person or groups of persons may submit a complaint
concerning the operation or administration of any aspect of a State plan. The complaint may be submitted orally or in writing to the Assistant
Regional Director for Occupational Safety and Health (hereinafter referred to as the Assistant Regional Director) or his representative in the Region
where the State is located.
Any such complaint should describe the grounds for the complaint and specify the aspect or aspects of
the administration or operation of the plan which is believed to be inadequate. A pattern of delays in processing cases, of inadequate workplace
inspections, or the granting of variances without regard to the specifications in the State plans, are examples.
If upon receipt of the complaint, the Assistant Regional Director determines that there are
reasonable grounds to believe that an investigation should be made, he shall cause such investigation, including any workplace inspection, to be made
as soon as practicable.
In determining whether an investigation shall be conducted and in determining the timing of such
investigation, the Assistant Regional Director shall consider such factors as:
The extent to which the complaint affects any substantial number of persons;
The number of complaints received on the same or similar issues and whether the complaints
relate to safety and health conditions at a particular establishment;
Whether the complainant has exhausted applicable State remedies; and
The extent to which the subject matter of the complaint is pertinent to the effectuation of