Model Notice of Contest Form to Challenge Unfair OSHA Violation

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: March 5th, 2012
Topics: OSHA Inspections |


If you think an OSHA citation is unfair, you have a right to challenge it by filing a so called Notice of Contest. But there are strict rules with regard to filing procedures and the contents of the Notice. This Model Notice will assist you in writing a professional, effective violation challenge.


This letter illustrates how to write a proper notice of contest to challenge an OSHA violation. Remember, you have only 15 working days from the date you got the citation notice to file your notice of contest. Adapt this notice to your own circumstances.