Personnel aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico who experience unsafe or unhealthy workplace conditions are encouraged to report the situation locally. The base provides a number of ways for them to do so, from safety committees to Safety Division specialists.
“We would like to have the opportunity to solve concerns in-house before they go anywhere else,” said Safety Division Deputy Director Robbie Robertson. “That’s one of the reasons we’re here. We’ve got plenty of avenues in place to address this.”
According to Base Order P5100.1C, employees are encouraged to report health and safety issues, either orally or in writing, to their supervisors. Civilian workers can also resolve matters through their shop safety committee.
Employees who want to report health and safety concerns without the knowledge of their superiors can contact the Safety Division. Robertson noted, though, that it would be illegal for a supervisor to retaliate in any way against the reporting of such issues.
“If everything is working right, you should be able to talk to your supervisor and tell him, ‘Look, something is going on here,’” he said.
If a worker reports a concern to the Safety Division, a specialist will investigate the claim. If a violation is found, the supervisor responsible will have five days to advise the Safety Division of corrective actions taken. The Safety Division will then have 10 days to notify the worker who reported the claim. Safety specialists will also contact the reporting worker if they determine there is no violation, and the employee has the option of appealing to the base commander.
Possible violations can be anonymously reported to the Safety Division, but Robertson said safety specialists are forbidden from disclosing the name of anyone making a report. Also, anonymous employees can’t be alerted as to what, if any, action was taken.
Employees can report issues to the Safety Division via phone, fax or email, and a form for reporting health and safety concerns is available on the division’s home page.
They can also leave concerns in one of the “Anymouse” boxes located throughout base facilities.
“We have always addressed any complaint that has come to us,” Robertson said.
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