OSHA FOIA Request Explained

Freedom of Information Act OSHA FOIA Request Explained

Get the Scoop on Submitting an OSHA FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submission can be a drawn-out process in general but especially with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). How and where you send your request depends on your location and the type of records you seek.

Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone! We’ll walk you through the process and share our tips and tricks so that you file your OSHA FOIA request in no time.

Understanding the OSHA Freedom of Information Act Before Your Request

According to the FOIA, the general public should have access to OSHA’s records by filing a written FOIA request unless the records fall under the FOIA exemptions.


The info, records, or documents you’re looking for may already be available on the OSHA website, so filing a FOIA request could be unnecessary. You can browse through the following web pages to try and find what you need:

You can also visit the OSHA website and use the search box in the top right corner of the page or check the frequently requested FOIA documents at the bottom of the page.

OSHA typically processes FOIA requests in the order they come in. The agency will, however, respond to simple requests faster compared to the more complex ones.

To discuss expedited processing or ask questions about FOIA fees, contact the OSHA national office or regional office FOIA coordinators before you start the requesting process.

How Can I File a FOIA Request With OSHA?

Check out an overview of all the methods of sending your FOIA request to OSHA:

Can I Submit a FOIA Request Via Yes/No
DoNotPay Yes
Phone No
Online Yes
Email Yes
Fax Yes
Mail Yes
In Person No

File Your OSHA FOIA Request Online

OSHA doesn’t have a FOIA request form, but if you want to submit your request online, you should visit the National FOIA portal and do the following:

  1. Click on Start Your Request
  2. Enter OSHA in the search bar
  3. Tap on Start FOIA Request
  4. Fill in your contact information
  5. Describe the records you’re requesting
  6. Upload the required documents if you’re seeking records on yourself
  7. State the amount of money you’re willing to pay and whether you want a fee waiver
  8. Explain why you want expedited processing if you do
  9. Click on Submit Request

File Your OSHA FOIA Request via Email

You can send your FOIA request letter to OSHA via email to foiarequests@dol.gov.

File Your OSHA FOIA Request via Fax

To submit your FOIA request via fax, send it to the national OSHA FOIA officer at (202) 693-1635.

If you’re looking for records regarding OSHA inspections or activities in a specific state, you should send your request to the regional FOIA coordinator. Find the fax number for the region you need in the list below:

Region

Fax Number

CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT

(617) 565-9827

NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

(212) 337-2371

D.C., DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV

(215) 861-4904

AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN

(678) 237-0447

IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI

(312) 353-7774

AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX

(972) 850-4150

IA, KS, MO, and NE

(816) 283-0547

CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY

(720) 264-6585

AZ, CA, NV, HI, American Samoa, Guam, and the Trust territories of the Pacific

(415) 625-2534

AK, ID, OR, and WA

(206) 757-6705

File Your OSHA FOIA Request via Mail

If you want to file your OSHA FOIA request with the national OSHA FOIA officer, mail your request letter to:

U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA

FOIA Officer

Rm. N3647

200 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20210

If the records you’re seeking are specific to a state, mail your FOIA letter to the appropriate address depending on your region. You can find all the addresses on the OSHA’s FOIA page.

Use DoNotPay To Submit Your OSHA FOIA Requests

If you want to file your FOIA request online, but it seems like it entails too many steps, we know a better way!

Using DoNotPay to send your FOIA request to OSHA is fast and convenient because we do all the heavy lifting.

All you have to do is:

  1. Open DoNotPay in a web browser
  2. Choose our FOIA feature
  3. Type in OSHA
  4. Tell us whether you want expedited processing or a fee waiver

Our app will take care of the remaining steps. We will use your info to whip up a FOIA request letter and send it to OSHA.

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