Whistleblowers Can Now File Complaints Online
Whistleblowers covered by one ofÂ twenty-two statutesÂ administered by the U.S. Department of Laborâ€™s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.
â€śThe ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workersâ€™ most essential protections,â€ť said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. â€śWhistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.â€ť
Currently, workers can make complaints to OSHA by filing a written complaint or by calling the agencyâ€™s 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office. Workers will now be able to electronically submit a whistleblower complaint to OSHA by visiting www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
The new online form prompts the worker to include basic whistleblower complaint information so they can be easily contacted for follow-up. Complaints are automatically routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigators. In addition, the complaint form can also be downloaded and submitted to the agency in hard-copy format by fax, mail or hand-delivery. The paper version is identical to the electronic version and requests the same information necessary to initiate a whistleblower investigation.
OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions ofÂ 22 statutesÂ protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, public transportation, workplace safety and health, and consumer protection laws. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions on how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available online atÂ www.whistleblowers.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHAâ€™s role is to ensure these conditions for Americaâ€™s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visitÂ www.osha.gov.