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File a Workplace Safety Complaint

Right to File a Complaint: The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 gives workers the right to file a complaint about workplace safety and health hazards.

Names of Complainants Must Be Kept Confidential: The name of any person who submits a complaint to Cal/OSHA must be kept confidential by law, unless the person requests otherwise.

Instructions for Filing a Complaint

You may file complaint about a hazard in your workplace by calling the Cal/OSHA district office that serves the location of your job site, preferably during business hours. If you cannot call during business hours, you may also call during off hours. If you cannot call at all, you may e-mail your complaint to the respective district office.

  1. Indicate the type of workplace for your complaint:

    File a complaint for:

  2. For your call, please gather as much information as possible:

    Please include the following information, if available:

    1. Name, address, and telephone number of the worksite
    2. Type of business
    3. Name and job title of the manager at the worksite
    4. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address
    5. Detailed description of the hazard
    6. If worksite is large, the specific location of the hazard
    7. Operations, equipment, machinery, and chemicals used at the worksite
    8. Work tasks performed near the hazard
    9. How often the work tasks are performed and for how long at any one time
    10. Number of work shifts, the time that each shift begins, and the shift when the hazard occurs
    11. Number of employees at the worksite, number of employees who may be exposed to the hazard, and how close the employees are to the hazard
    12. Employees injured or having symptoms caused by the hazard and whether the employees have received medical treatment for their injuries or symptoms
    13. How long the hazard has existed, whether the employer knows about the hazard, and whether the employer has tried to correct the hazard
    14. How long you expect the hazard will continue to exist at the worksite
    15. If there is an employee bargaining unit representative for the worksite, the personís name and contact information
July 2015