Whistle-blowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered
by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
are able to file complaints online. The online form provides workers who have
been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance
"The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their
rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American
workers' most essential protections," said Assistant Secretary of Labor
for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Whistle-blower 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."
Workers can make complaints to OSHA by filing a written
complaint or by calling the agency's 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA
regional or area office. Workers are also able to electronically submit a whistle-blower
complaint to OSHA by visiting www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
The online form prompts the worker to include basic
whistle-blower complaint information so they can be easily contacted for
follow-up. Complaints are automatically routed to the appropriate regional
whistle-blower 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 whistle-blower
OSHA enforces the whistle-blower provisions of 22
statutes 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 whistle-blower rights, including fact sheets
and instructions on how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available
online at www.whistleblowers.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,
employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their
employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men
and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education
and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.