Posted: December 14, 2013
OSHA has announced that employee complaints under the laws, regulations and statutes administered by OSHA can now be filed online. The online form is designed to provide workers who are concerned about retaliation an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance.
The whistleblower web site is: www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Miles, it is OSHA's view that whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large. The online form prompts workers to include basic complaint information so that OSHA can easily contact them for follow-up.
After a complaint form is submitted, it will automatically be routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigator.
Hard copy complaint forms can also be downloaded and submitted to OSHA via fax, mail or hand delivery.
OSHA 22 statutes that include whistleblower provisions. Whistleblower provisions protect employees who report violations of various laws including workplace safety, health, environmental and consumer protection laws, among others, all of which impact funeral service.
This additional format to submit complaints by employees, while intended to make whistleblower protection more accessible, may also result in an increase of employee complaints and a resulting increase in OSHA investigations. The results of any investigations that are conducted, including the identity of the employer, are a matter of public record.
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