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According to OSHA If you feel that an OSHA inspection is needed to get hazards corrected at your workplace, which is your best option?
If you feel that an OSHA inspection is needed to get hazards corrected at your workplace, your best option is to submit a written, signed complaint with specific hazard information.
Often, OSHA prefers to “investigate” complaints by faxing a letter asking about the hazard to the employer, rather than by conducting an on-site inspection. The employer is required to respond back to OSHA within five working days.
However, if you give OSHA a written, signed complaint that documents a hazard or an OSHA violation and want OSHA to come to your workplace, OSHA must do an on-site inspection. Sometimes OSHA’s fax policy can be helpful when a written inquiry is better than an actual inspection. For example, if there is no OSHA standard that covers the hazard, a letter of inquiry may prompt management action.
An actual OSHA inspection — and no citation — may encourage management not to fix the problem. If OSHA decides not to inspect, they must notify you in writing and give reasons. You may question this decision with the OSHA area director and regional administrator.
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