OSHA Vows to Improve Whistleblower Treatment

According to a recent study conducted by OSHA, there is room for improvement in the way many states handle whistleblower discrimination.

Following a report it published last month, OSHA will continue to monitor treatment of whistleblowers in workplaces. The Federal Annual Monitoring Evaluation (FAME) report revealed that incidents of discrimination involving workers who report health or safety issued in the workplace have been improperly handled in many states.

Some issues cited in the FAME reports include failure to interview the workers subject to alleged discrimination, failure to interview supervisors, the existence of state laws that could discourage complaints, unorganized files related to complains, and incorrect classification of complaints.

The annual report has brought such issues to light in previous years. This year is no different.

One example of a law that could potentially deter the filing of a complaint by an employee existed in Nevada. Under state law, complaints filed by employees can not be investigated unless the employee notifies the supervisor prior to the beginning of the investigation by Nevada OSHA workers. Federal OSHA does not require this and can also inspect a workplace without informing the employer that a complaint was filed.

OSHA vows to continue working to improve circumstances for whistleblowers.

“Working with the OSHA regions, states have developed corrective action plans to address the problems identified in the FAME (reports) with expected actions and time frames for completion,” OSHA said in a statement Monday.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz