OSHA offers Web page for whistleblower protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has unveiled a Web page for its whistleblower protection program that is designed to provide workers, employers and the public with easily accessible information about the 18 federal whistleblower protection statutes OSHA currently administers.

The Web page, www.whistleblowers.gov, provides information about worker rights and provisions under each of the whistleblower statutes and regulations OSHA enforces. Additionally, program fact sheets and information discussing how workers can file a retaliation complaint with OSHA are available. The information also is accessible through OSHA's website, www.osha.gov, by clicking on the Whistleblower Protection link.

Under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), workers can file discrimination complaints with OSHA if they believe their employers have retaliated against them for exercising a broad range of rights the OSH Act protects. These rights include filing safety or health complaints with OSHA and seeking an OSHA inspection; participating in an OSHA inspection; participating or testifying in any proceeding related to occupational safety or health; or reporting an injury or illness to their employers.