Workers that witness an OSHA regulations violation in their workplace should be able to access any information necessary in order to make sure those violations are reported. Learning more about reporting violations to OSHA is therefore imperative to prevent excessive worry regarding what violations are reportable or if OSHA keeps the identities of workers a secret.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) itself has stated that any OSHA violation at all is a valid enough reason for a worker to file any complaint they may have. There are many different types of violations that fall under the OSHA violations umbrella. They can include unsafe workspaces, buildings that are made with unhealthy or unregulated materials, workplaces where the OSHA standards are not upheld by higher-ups, workplaces that lack safety training and materials, or buildings that exist in perpetually unsanitary conditions.
As long as the complaint in question involves a potentially hazardous safe and healthy violation, it is considered viable for reporting. “Imminent dangers” are also highly encouraged to be reported. Dangers like these can include any situation that could escalate into death or severe harm in little to no time. Any report at all will be investigated by OSHA, and under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, whistleblowers will be given anonymity if they ask for OSHA to withhold their names.
Another thing to keep in mind is that any representative of the employee in question is also eligible to submit a complaint. This includes attorneys, family members, labor union officials, spouses or social workers. Taking advantage of this system to report potentially hazardous or even life-threatening violations could be a life-saver.