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Monday, June 18, 2012

OSHA Seeks Nominations For Membership On Its Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

OSHA is looking for nominations for membership on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC). OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 21 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food, safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime and securities laws.

The committee will advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and the Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health on matters relating to the improvement of the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA's whistleblower protection activities.

WPAC will make recommendations on the development and implementation of improvements to customer service, the investigative and enforcement process, training of OSHA investigators, regulations governing OSHA investigations, cooperative activities with federal agencies responsible for areas also covered by the whistleblower protection statues enforced by OSHA, and other matters as identified by the Secretary or the Assistant Secretary.

The committee will be comprised of twelve voting members, appointed by the Secretary to serve two-year terms, to include:
  • Four management representatives who are employers or are from employer associations in industries covered by one or more of the whistleblower laws;
  • Four labor representatives who are workers or from worker advocacy organizations in industries covered by one or more of the whistleblower laws;
  • One member who represents the State Plan states; and
  • Three public representatives from colleges, universities, non-partisan think tanks, and/or other entities, that have extensive knowledge and expertise on whistleblower statutes and issues.
The committee will also have three non-voting members who are government employees from other Federal Government agencies with jurisdiction over statutes with whistleblower provisions.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent via facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Nominations must be submitted by July 27, 2012.

The whistleblower provision laws enacted by Congress prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who raise various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who believe they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the Secretary of Labor for an investigation by the Whistleblower Protection Program.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope OSHA gets some strong pro-employee members on this committee. For too long companies have exploited their employees and punished those who report violations of worker rights.

7:19 AM  
Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

Protecting whistle blowers is important, but it always seem to be a case of the company being guilty until proven innocent. Isn't this turning things on their head? Is this the best way to have justice?

10:10 AM  

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