Whistleblower Protection Program from OSHA

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Jan 24, 2018

What is the Whistleblower Protection Program from the US Government?

First, a whistleblower is person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The program is designed to protect employees by protecting their rights to safety and other rights under the OSH Act.

When should I file a complaint?

If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, you may file a confidential complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection. If possible, bring the conditions to your employer's attention. You may file a complaint with OSHA if your employer retaliates against you by taking unfavorable personnel action because you engaged in a protected activity relating to workplace safety or health, asbestos in schools, cargo containers, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, motor vehicle safety, or securities laws.

How do I file a complaint?

Contact OSHA by calling: 1-800-321-6742. or submit online. You can also ask OSHA questions or send comments by email via this form. You can also send mail to your local OSHA Regional or Area Office — here is a list.

Can my employer file or demote me because I was a whistleblower?

After whistleblowing to the government, the employer cannot take adverse active against workers, it is illegal, such as:

  • Firing or laying off
  • Blacklisting
  • Demoting
  • Denying overtime or promotion
  • Disciplining
  • Denial of benefits
  • Failure to hire or rehire
  • Intimidation/harassment
  • Making threats
  • Reassignment affecting prospects for promotion
  • Reducing pay or hours

Right to file a complaint

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