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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Workplace Safety in Pennsylvania.

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Know Your Employment Rights!

Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on employment rights including wages, unemployment compensation, family and medical leave, discrimination, workplace injuries, and unions. (January 2014)

How to File a Complaint with OSHA

Information from the United States Department of Labor about the process for filing a complaint about workplace safety with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The process is also explained, including when OSHA will do an investigation.

OSHA Online Complaint Form

Online form to report workplace safety issues. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stresses that this form should NOT be used to report emergencies. To report an emergency, fatality, or imminent life threatening situation please use the OSHA toll free number immediately: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); TTY 1-877-889-5627

OSHA Hazard Awareness Advisor

The OSHA Hazard Awareness Advisor from the United States Department of Labor is designed to help general industry employers and workers identify possible safety and health hazards in their workplace, and to direct users to OSHA standards addressing those hazards.

OSHA Online Complaint Form

Online form to report workplace safety issues. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stresses that this form should NOT be used to report emergencies. To report an emergency, fatality, or imminent life threatening situation please use the OSHA toll free number immediately: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); TTY 1-877-889-5627

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Workers' Compensation

Information on Workers' Compensation benefits from the Erie County Bar Association. (February 2019)

Workers' Compensation

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] (November 2012)

Workers Rights under OSHA

Information from the United States Department of Labor on worker rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

How to File a Complaint with OSHA

Information from the United States Department of Labor about the process for filing a complaint about workplace safety with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The process is also explained, including when OSHA will do an investigation.

OSHA Online Complaint Form

Online form to report workplace safety issues. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stresses that this form should NOT be used to report emergencies. To report an emergency, fatality, or imminent life threatening situation please use the OSHA toll free number immediately: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); TTY 1-877-889-5627

OSHA Hazard Awareness Advisor

The OSHA Hazard Awareness Advisor from the United States Department of Labor is designed to help general industry employers and workers identify possible safety and health hazards in their workplace, and to direct users to OSHA standards addressing those hazards.

Worker's Compensation FAQs

Frequently asked question regarding worker's compensation from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The Whistleblower Program

Information from the United States Department of Labor on the Whistleblower Protection Program. This program enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than twenty whistleblower statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety laws.

Your Rights as a Whistleblower - Fact Sheet

You may file a complaint with OSHA if your employer retaliates against you by taking unfavorable personnel action because you engaged in protected activity relating to workplace safety and health, commercial motor carrier safety, pipeline safety, air carrier safety, nuclear safety, the environment, asbestos in schools, corporate fraud, SEC rules or regulations, railroad carrier safety or security, or public transportation agency safety or security. [PDF] (November 2016)

All About OSHA

Basic Information about the Occupational Health and Safety Organization

National Employment Law Project

Website of the National Employment Law Project. The Project works to promote policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.

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