I feel like a lot of workers seem to live under the impression that we’re still living in 1900. It can definitely feel like that sometimes, even with all of the smartphones. The thing is, you do have options these days, and you can use them. You’re not a troublemaker if you report a violation at work. OSHA isn’t going to let everyone know who it was that called them.
You’re usually not taking a risk by filing a complaint with OSHA. OSHA will keep all of your information confidential. They know how workplace environments are.
If there’s any doubt that you’re living in the twenty-first century, you can actually file your OSHA complaint online. There is a set complaint form that you can use, and it’s pretty easy to fill out. You can go to the library to do all of that if you don’t have the right equipment at home or don’t want to use it for whatever reason.
You can also download this form and fax it or mail it. Some people actually fax things online, strangely enough, so there are plenty of options. If you’re more comfortable with the telephone, you can call your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. The 1-800-321-OSHA can even help during emergency situations.
OSHA will inspect your workplace following one of these complaints, and you may be this close to making your work area better for everyone as a result of this complaint. You might be worried that it isn’t going to make much of a difference. The thing is, I can tell you that lots of bosses hate OSHA and live in fear of these inspections. Their fear really is justified, and they really can make a difference for the little guy fighting the big guy.