FOIA

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, requires federal agencies to disclose records after receiving a written request for them, except for records protected from disclosure by certain provisions of the FOIA.  This site is designed (1) to familiarize you with the specific procedures for making a FOIA request to the Review Commission, (2) to list OSHRC FOIA contact information, and (3) to provide direct links to a number of records available over the internet.

FOIA Requester Service Center

The OSHRC FOIA Requester Service Center is available to requesters seeking information concerning the status of their submitted FOIA request.

FOIA Requester Service Center
1120 20th Street, N.W., Room 941
Washington, D.C.  20036-3457
Telephone:  (202) 606-5724
Fax:  (202) 606-5417

FOIA Public Liaison

Any requester with concerns about the service received through the FOIA Requester Service Center can contact the OSHRC FOIA Public Liaison at the same address, telephone and fax number above. The Public Liaison should only be contacted after the requester has received an initial response from the FOIA Requester Service Center.

FOIA Public Liaison: Brittany Baron


Note (OSHRC not OSHA):
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. §§ 651-678, created OSHRC as an independent federal agency, providing administrative trial and appellate review, to decide contests of citations or penalties resulting from inspections of American work places by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHRC, therefore, functions as a two-tiered administrative court, with established procedures for (1) conducting hearings, receiving evidence and rendering decisions by its Administrative Law Judges, and (2) providing for discretionary review of Administrative Law Judge decisions by a panel of Commissioners when appellate review is granted. Thus, the vast majority of the records maintained by OSHRC are case files involving contests of OSHA citations or penalties.

OSHRC is not affiliated with OSHA. For instance, records such as investigation files are maintained by OSHA, not OSHRC. Please visit OSHA’s FOIA Web site at http://osha.gov/as/opa/foia/foia.html for more information.


The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) revised its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to reflect the amendments to the FOIA from the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007 (OPEN Government Act), as well as changes in OSHRC’s own policies and procedures.  The final rule took effect on August 16, 2010.  The Federal Register notice can be found here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-17369.pdf (PDF). 

The Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide

OSHRC Regulations Implementing the Freedom of Information Act

OSHRC FOIA Improvement Plan [HTML] [PDF]

OSHRC e-FOIA Reading Room

OSHRC Annual FOIA Reports


Last Updated:  September 10, 2010

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