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How to Implement an OSHA Whistleblower Program

Author: Jennifer Brantley

Employees have many rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). A sampling of these rights include: the right to request and receive notice of citations, penalties, contested actions and proceedings; the ability to initiate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections by filing a complaint against the employer; and the right to consult with an OSHA representative during an inspection. Most importantly, employees have the right to a safe workplace. If employees feel their working conditions are hazardous or unsafe, they have the right to complain directly to their local OSHA office. OSHA has a Whistleblower Program in place to protect such employees.