Environmental Health & Safety department phone numbers
L. Jean West, Department Coordinator 7-3753 Department Fax 7-3751
Environmental Health & Safety Complaints
About Public Employee Safety And Health Bureau (PESH) Complaints
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assures the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
At the state and local level, the New York Department of Labor's Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH) oversees workplace protection of public employees. PESH conducts inspections of workplaces, equipment and work procedures to ensure that they meet OSHA standards. Safety and Health Inspectors and Industrial Hygienists also investigate complaints of discriminatory actions taken against employees by their employers when related to safety and health activities. Public employers violating PESH laws are issued compliance orders and can be assessed civil penalties for non-compliance.
PESH complaints can include but are not limited to complaints about air quality, ventilation systems, chemical exposure, fire hazards, defective equipment, job-related illnesses or injuries, failure to provide training, failure to provide personal protective equipment, etc.
New York state employees may file a complaint with the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau if they believe a violation of a safety or health standard exists at their worksite. A link to the complaint form appears below.
Please follow these instructions before filing a complaint:
Make all efforts to resolve the problem through health and safety committees within the labor/management process. Make sure the problem for which you are filing is covered by an OSHA Standard, or can be addressed under the General Duty Clause.
Prepare the original PESH complaint form and file the complaint with the nearest PESH office.