You need to report any workplace injury to your employer, no matter how slight. Your employer is required by law to file a First Report of Injury report with the Utah Labor Commission's Division of Industrial Accidents within seven (7) days of them being informed of your injury. They are also required to report the injury to the workers' compensation insurance carrier.
Call UOSH at 801-530-6901 within eight hours of the occurrence of all fatalities; disabling, significant and serious injuries or illnesses.
You can file a complaint with UOSH:
To come to our office or send a complaint form:160 East 300 South
UOSH recommends that employees try to resolve safety and health issues first by reporting them to their supervisors, managers or their company's safety and health committee. At any time, however, employees can complain to their UOSH office and ask for an inspection or an investigation.
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 complain, and UOSH will investigate the concerns reported.
The employees or their representatives must provide enough information for UOSH to determine the nature of the safety or health hazards and whether they are potential violations of safety or health standards or other dangers that can cause injury or illness. This means describing the alleged hazard in enough detail so UOSH can determine the existence and seriousness of the hazard. Workers do not have to know whether a specific OSHA standard has been violated in order to file a complaint, as long as they have a good-faith belief that dangerous conditions exist in their workplace.
Because it is important to give as much complete and accurate information as possible about an alleged hazard, answers to the following types of questions may be useful:
The following are some additional specific questions for health hazards:
There are two ways that UOSH can respond to a complaint. UOSH can either perform an on-site inspection or an off-site investigation, also known as a "phone/fax investigation".
While every worker has a right to receive an onsite inspection if certain conditions are met, there are times when a phone/fax (or letter) investigation may be a better alternative. A phone/fax investigation enables UOSH to respond more quickly to lower priority hazards. It also permits the agency to concentrate it's resources on more serious workplace hazards. Employees who choose to request a phone/fax investigation do not give up the right to request an on-site inspection of potential violations and hazards if they are not satisfied by the investigation. Before deciding what kind of complaint to file, workers should call the UOSH Office to discuss their options.
If an off-site investigation is appropriate, the agency telephones the employer, describes the alleged hazards and then follows up with a fax or letter. The employer must respond in writing within five days, identifying any problems found and noting corrective actions taken or planned. If the response is adequate, UOSH generally will not conduct an inspection. The employee or employee representative who filed the original complaint will receive a copy of the employer's response and, if still not satisfied, may then request an on-site inspection.
If the employee or employee representative files a written complaint that meets certain conditions then an on-site inspection may be conducted.
Those conditions include claims of serious physical harm that have already resulted in disabling injuries or illnesses or claims of imminent danger situations; written, signed complaints requesting inspections; and situations where the employer provided an inadequate response to a phone/fax investigation.