The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently announced new efforts to improve the Whistleblower Protection Program, which protects employees who report violations of workplace safety laws, among other things.
Some of the changes are:
Restructuring the program, including adding additional investigators and changing the hierarchy
Increased training, including a national conference next month to be attended by all inspectors and solicitors who work on whistleblower cases
Policy changes, which will be issued in an updated manual, which was last altered in 2003
This effort is in response to a Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) audit of the program and an internal audit, which indicated areas where improvement was needed.
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