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Concerned about health and safety on the job?

Learn here about the laws that protect you, and how to take action if you think something is wrong.Learn about your rights under OSHA law, and how to take action if you think something is wrong.

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.

    How to File a Safety and Health Complaint 

  • 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.

    How to File a Whistleblower Complaint

Contact OSHA

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.

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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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