OSHA now offers whistle-blowers an online complaint form. Until now, whistle-blowers had to either write or call OSHA. The online form is designed to provide workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance.
OSHA enforces whistle-blower provisions for 22 separate federal laws and has been pushing whistle-blower cases across the country.
Federal law prohibits retaliation against workers who alert authorities toand health hazards, even if the workers’ reports turn out to be false.
Would-be whistle-blowers can log on at OSHA's website and report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, public transportation, workplace safety and health and consumer protection laws.
The form can be printed and mailed or completed online. In either case, the agency will route the complaint to the appropriate regional investigator for further action.
The move is part of the trend toward making OSHA a one-stop shop for federal whistle-blowers.
Employees who believe they may have evidence of wrongdoing can find information at www.whistleblowers.gov.