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Guide for Frontline Workers

How can I report workplace safety violations related to COVID-19?

According to the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California, you have a right as a worker to file a complaint regarding workplace safety and health hazards in accordance with the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973.

Your identity as a person who submits a complaint to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, must be kept confidential by law, unless you request otherwise.

To file a workplace safety violation complaint, go to the Cal/OSHA website and look for the contact information of the district office that serves the location of your place of employment. You may either call the district during business hours or email your complaint.

Before reaching out to Cal/OSHA, you may want to gather as much information so that your concern will be addressed in a timely manner. You are encouraged to provide the following information:

  • Name, address, and telephone number of the worksite
  • Type of business
  • Name and job title of the manager at the worksite
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address
  • Detailed description of the hazard
  • If worksite is large, the specific location of the hazard
  • Operations, equipment, machinery, and chemicals used at the worksite
  • Work tasks performed near the hazard
  • How often the work tasks are performed and for how long at any one time
  • Number of work shifts, the time that each shift begins, and the shift when the hazard occurs
  • 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
  • Employees injured or having symptoms caused by the hazard and whether the employees have received medical treatment for their injuries or symptoms
  • How long the hazard has existed, whether the employer knows about the hazard, and whether the employer has tried to correct the hazard
  • How long you expect the hazard will continue to exist at the worksite
    If there is an employee bargaining unit representative for the worksite, the person's name and contact information

If you live in LA County, you may file a complaint through these channels:

Source: Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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