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Are OSHA complaints public records?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), performs inspections and investigations whenever there are suspicions of an employer violating health and safety regulations or an employee has filed a complaint against their employer for serious safety concerns or discrimination. OSHA maintains a record of employer offenses, which the general public can access through their website or in writing under the Freedom of Information Act.

Searching OSHA’s Database 

To perform an online search of a company’s OSHA inspections, visit the OSHA Establishment Search page here. You will need to enter the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Employer State
  • Whether you want the records for all cases, just open cases, or just closed cases
  • Whether you need the information for all cases, just cases with violations, or just cases without violations
  • Inspection date range

The site sets the default search range at five (5) years, but you can perform a search for up to 10 years. If a search returns any results, you will receive a report showing the offenses, how the violations were resolved, and if there were any penalties.

Freedom of Information Act Inquiries 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the general public has a right to request and receive information from Federal agencies, including OSHA, as long as the act does not forbid such disclosure. If you wish to send a written request, you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Your full name, address, and phone number
  • The role in your inquiry, such as “general public”, “educational institution”, or “other”
  • A description of the information you are seeking such as the record of OSHA violations for the employer and the timeframe

By making a FOIA request, you agree to pay all fees for the requested information, up to $25 unless the fee has been waived. If the Department of State determines that the requested information will cost more than $25, the requester will be notified, and the requester will be given the option to continue with the search and pay the higher fees or alter the search to lower the fees. If the Department of State believes the fees will exceed $250, they may require advanced payment.

Written requests can be sent via email at: [email protected]

Or, the following National OSHA FOIA officer:

U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
FOIA Officer
Rm. N3647
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
(202) 693-1999
(via FAX) – (202) 693-1635

If you are requesting information regarding violations in Illinois, inquiries should be sent to the following:

Region V (includes *IL, *IN, *MI, *MN, OH, WI)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
230 South Dearborn St, Rm. 3244
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 353-2220
(via FAX) — (312) 353-7774

Under the FOIA, the agency has 20 days to process your request.

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Submitted Comments

2 years ago
My son Paul Thomas George 5-16-89 to 8-31-2019 was killed while mowing the greens at his job. Heritage Hills Golf Course Moberly Mo 65270. City of Moberly owns the golf course, Great Life of KC Mo. manages it. I have talked to OSHA and have sent a letter to FOIYA. I want an answer. The greens were too wet, and the mower he was riding was not the correct mower for the incline. The golf course was fined. I want to know if the problem has been fixed and I can't get an answer. My son has a minor child and was not married but the mother filed a lawsuit. I also want to know if there has been a wrongful death suit filed and how long it will take. Mainly I want to know if the problem has been fixed so that it does not happen to another employee. Thank You Grieving Mother Tracy
Michael Agruss
2 years ago
Hello Tracy. I'm so sorry for the loss of your son, Paul, you have my deepest condolences. I'm sure it has been frustrating to deal with this and I would be happy to help you get answers. I am going to reach out to you to discuss this and determine what your possible options would be. Again, please accept my sincerest condolences and I look forward to speaking with you. Thanks, Mike
1 year ago
Hello, I am hoping to get advice on any potential legal options I may have for a situation that occurred while on the job, 7/20/17 (I realize its been 5 and a half years, might be a limitation?). I was employed for a company doing a habitat restoration project for the state of Michigan near Mackinaw. There were 4 employees on a boat in Lake Michigan, but only had 3 life jackets, no throwable pfd, and no signaling device. Two coworkers ended up in the water, and I was not able to get anything out to them to help them. Mike died, the other was rescued by a county sheriff. I am still dealing with emotional distress from not being able to help my coworker due to the severely ill equipped boat. Is there any legal options you could suggest? Thanks for your time, Matt

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