As an employee, you are required to perform well on the task that was given to you by your employer. But do you know that as an employer, they must be able to provide a safe environment for their employees to work?

If you sustained an illness or injury because of your work, you could file a complaint by calling the Cal/OSHA district office that serves the location of your job site. If you cannot call, you may also send an email to the respective district office.

You may also want to take note of these instructions when making the call;

1. Indicate the type of workplace for your complaint.

2. Gather as much information as possible like:
a. Name, address, and telephone number of the worksite;
b. Type of business;
c. Name and job title of the manager at the worksite;
d. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address;
e. Detailed description of the hazard;
f. If the worksite is large, the specific location of the hazard;
g. Operations, equipment, machinery, and chemicals used at the worksite;
i. Work tasks performed near the hazard;
j. How often the work tasks are performed and for how long at any one time;
k. Number of work shifts, the time that each shift begins, and the shift when the hazard occurs;
l. 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;
m. Employees injured or having symptoms caused by the hazard and whether the employees have received medical treatment for their injuries or symptoms;
n. How long the hazard has existed, whether the employer knows about the hazard, and whether the employer has tried to correct the hazard;
o. How long you expect the hazard will continue to exist at the worksite;
p. If there is an employee bargaining unit representative for the worksite, the person’s name and contact information.

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