DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Safety News Briefs - OSHA Makes It Easy To File A Whistleblower Complaint

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

OSHA Makes Filing Whistleblower Complaints Fast and Easy With New Online Form

Employees can now file whistleblower complaints with OSHA 24-7 using a new online form. Previously OSHA only accepted whistleblower complaints that were in the form of a formal written complaint, or orally during normal business hours. With the new form complaints are easy to file, and can be filed any time from any location.  Forbes magazine reports:

"OSHA’s online complaint form is a call to action for employers. All should take stock of their internal whistle-blower policies, including codes of conduct, anti-retaliation rules and complaint-filing procedures. Codes of conduct should be re-publicized, with emphasis on the employer's strong ban on any retaliation against complaining workers. Employers also should ensure that their complaint-filing procedures are facile, and that all employees are fully informed of them."

Read more in Forbes.

OSHA Urged To Reduce Meatpacking Line Speeds

OSHA does not currently regulate meatpacking line speeds. Advocates for meatpacking workers are petitioning OSHA to establish mandatory limits that would reduce line speed at beef and poultry processing plants.  On the other hand industry representatives point out the safety record of the industry to show the current line speeds are not unsafe.

An article in the Journal Star reports that worker advocates said:

"OSHA has a statutory mandate to rectify workplace hazards such as work speed. The agency has a duty to "promulgate a standard that limits work speeds in the industries of meat and poultry processing based on the documented impact these speeds have on workers' health and safety."

Read the article here.

OSHA Focuses On Female Construction Workers

Women comprise about 9% of the construction workforce, and they have unique needs and safety requirements on the job. An article in SafetyBLR reports that:

"To increase awareness of these issues, OSHA has signed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The alliance, which lasts 2 years, will develop targeted training resources and other informational materials to help construction employers ensure the safety of their female employees."

Learn more here.

Related past posts:
Seven Strategies For A Safer Workplace
Safety News Briefs - Problems With OSHA?
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Issues Citation Without Inspection

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