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How to File a Safety and Health Complaint with SC OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gives employees and their representatives the right to file a complaint and request an OSHA inspection of their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or their employer is not following OSHA standards. Workers do not have to know whether a specific OSHA standard has been violated in order to file a complaint. The complaint should be filed as soon as possible after noticing the hazard or lack of compliance because OSHA citations may only be issued for violations that currently exist or existed in the past 6 months.

Complaints from workers or their representatives are taken seriously by OSHA. OSHA will keep your information confidential.

COMPLAINT FILING OPTIONS

Online

Go to the Online Complaint Form.

Written complaints that are signed by workers or their representative and submitted to the SC OSHA Office are more likely to result in onsite OSHA inspections.

Fax/Mail

Download the OSHA complaint form and instructions (or request a copy from the SC OSHA Office).

Complete it and then fax or mail it back to the SC OSHA Office. Written complaints that are signed by a worker or representative and submitted to the SC OSHA Office are more likely to result in onsite OSHA inspections. Please include your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you.

SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Division of Labor - Office of OSHA

110 Centerview Drive

Post Office Box 11329

Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329

Fax number: (803) 896-1329

Telephone

SC OSHA Office at (803) 896-7825.

SC OSHA staff can discuss your complaint and respond to any questions you have.

Additional Information

What is a hazard?

A hazard is a condition, practice or act which could result in an injury or illness to an employee.

When Can a Complaint Be Filed?

SC OSHA recommends that employees try to resolve safety and health issues first by reporting them to their supervisors, managers or the workplace safety and health committee. At any time, however, employees can file a complaint with the SC OSHA. SC OSHA's jurisdiction is limited to workplaces within South Carolina and includes only hazards that currently exist or have existed within the past six months.

Who Can File a Workplace Safety/Health Complaint with SC OSHA?

Employees or their representatives have a right to request an inspection of a workplace if they believe there is a violation of a safety or health standard, or if there is any danger that threatens physical harm, or if an "imminent danger" exists. Anyone who knows about a workplace safety or health hazard may file a complaint.

What Information Must Be Provided?

Employees or their representatives must provide enough information for SC OSHA to determine that a hazard possibly exists. Employees do not have to know whether the specific OSHA standard has been violated in order to file a complaint.

Related Information

Filing a Discrimination (Whistleblower) Complaint with S.C. OSHA

If you believe you have been retaliated or discriminated against at work for complaining of, filing or being involved with a health or safety issue, you may file a complaint online.

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