Don’t Be Silenced: Understanding Your Rights as an OSHA Whistleblower

  • Don’t Be Silenced: Understanding Your Rights as an OSHA Whistleblower

    Posted by Larry Green on December 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    As an OSHA whistleblower, you have the right to file a complaint with OSHA if you believe that your employer is violating OSHA standards or regulations, or if you have been retaliated against for exercising your rights under OSHA. You also have the right to be protected from retaliation by your employer for filing a complaint with OSHA or for participating in an OSHA inspection or investigation.

    Specifically, OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program provides the following protections for whistleblowers:

    • The right to file a complaint with OSHA if you believe that you have been retaliated against for exercising your rights under OSHA or for engaging in other protected activities.

    • The right to be free from retaliation by your employer for filing a complaint with OSHA or for participating in an OSHA inspection or investigation. This includes the right to be free from adverse employment actions, such as termination, demotion, suspension, or harassment.

    • The right to receive a written decision from OSHA regarding your complaint, including any remedies that may be awarded to you.

    • The right to appeal OSHA’s decision to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, an independent agency that reviews decisions made by OSHA.

    • The right to seek legal action in federal court if you believe that your rights have been violated.

    It’s important to note that not all workers are covered by OSHA’s whistleblower protections. To be eligible, you must be a current or former employee of a company that is subject to OSHA regulations. Additionally, your complaint must be filed within certain time limits, which vary depending on the type of retaliation you have experienced. For more information, you can contact OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

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