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OSHA Enforced Whistleblower Statutes

Author: Brooke C. Stoddard

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was passed in 1970 to assure safe and healthful workplaces for employees. The Act established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency within the US Department of Labor. OSHA enforces the OSH Act by requiring employers to conform to regulations that specify safe and healthful conditions. An employee has the right to notify OSHA of a violation of an OSHA regulation, that is, to be a whistleblower. An employer may not retaliate against a whistleblower in any manner on account of the employee's communication or cooperation with OSHA.