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34 Pa. Code § 321.2. Complaint and investigation procedure.

§ 321.2. Complaint and investigation procedure.

 (a)  A person who believes there is a violation by an employer or supplier of the act or this part may file a complaint, within 180 days of the violation, with the Department. The complaint shall be in writing, verified and shall set forth the grounds for the complaint. Upon request of the complainant, the complainant’s identity may not be revealed. The identity of the complaining party will be disclosed if, in the course of attempting to prove the existence of a violation, the complaining party testifies or if a court orders disclosure.

 (b)  Within 30 days after receipt of the complaint, the Department will notify the respondent in writing and permit the respondent to demonstrate compliance under the act.

 (c)  If compliance has not been demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence within 14 days of the mailing of the notification, and if the facts in controversy are susceptible to verification by inspection, a representative of the Department will:

   (1)  Inspect, at reasonable times, the employer’s workplace and conditions relevant to the complaint.

   (2)  In a reasonable manner, make additional investigation considered necessary for a determination of the employer’s or supplier’s compliance with the act.

 (d)  Whenever a representative of the Department proceeding under this section is denied admission to a place of employment, the representative may obtain a warrant to make an inspection of the place of employment from the appropriate judicial authority upon a showing of the following:

   (1)  That the individual seeking the warrant is an authorized agent of the Department.

   (2)  That the individual has established, under oath, that the place of employment to be investigated under this section is to be inspected to determine compliance with the requirements of the act and this part.

 (e)  Upon application to the appropriate judicial authority, and upon good cause shown, the Department may obtain an inspection warrant prior to the 14-day period set forth in subsection (c) and prior to a refusal by respondent to voluntarily admit a representative of the Department.

Cross References

   This section cited in 34 Pa. Code §  305.2 (relating to maintenance and disclosure of Hazardous Substance Survey Forms); 34 Pa. Code §  305.6 (relating to public access); and 34 Pa. Code §  307.15 (relating to public access).

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