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OSHA Solicits Public Comments on Whistleblower Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding a public meeting on May 12, 2020 to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders on issues facing the agency in the administration of the whistleblower laws it enforces. Today OSHA published a notice announcing that the meeting will be held via telephone. There will be no in-person participation option, and participants must pre-register for this meeting. If you wish to attend the public meeting, you must register here by close of business on May 5, 2020. A call-in number will be sent to you upon registration. Regardless of attendance at the public meeting, interested persons may submit written or electronic comments including attachments, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submissions. All comments should be identified with Docket No. OSHA-2018-0005.

OSHA is interested in obtaining information from the public on key issues facing the agency’s whistleblower program. This meeting is the fifth in a series of meetings requesting public input on this program. The agency is seeking suggestions on how it can improve its program. Please note that the agency does not have the authority to change the regulatory language and requirements of the laws it enforces. In particular, the agency invites input on the following:

  • How can OSHA deliver better whistleblower customer service?
  • What kind of assistance can OSHA provide to help explain the agency’s whistleblower laws to employees and employers?
  • Where should OSHA target whistleblower outreach efforts?

For additional information about the meeting, please see the Federal Register Notices (March 13, April 14) or contact Mr. Anthony Rosa, Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone: (202) 693–2199; email: osha.dwpp@dol.gov.

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