“Number Of OSHA Workplace Safety Inspectors Declines Under Trump” #OSHA

The number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration, according to new data obtained by NBC News, raising questions about the government's efforts to protect workers and the long-term impact of the White House's move to slow hiring. In the months after President Donald Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and … Continue reading “Number Of OSHA Workplace Safety Inspectors Declines Under Trump” #OSHA

“OSHA Whistleblower Cases Increase In 2014”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has just released its whistleblower statistics, showing another jump in the number of whistleblower cases filed with OSHA in FY 2014, to over three thousand. This is the first time that the total number of claims filed has topped 3,000, and is the result of a steady climb in … Continue reading “OSHA Whistleblower Cases Increase In 2014”

“Infographic: OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule Updates: What Employers Need to Know.”

On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced a final rule that alters requirements for reporting work-related fatalities and severe injuries and updates the list of injuries that are partially exempt from the injury and illness recordkeeping requirement. This BLR infographic provides an overview of the changes, which take effect on January 1, 2015. OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule … Continue reading “Infographic: OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule Updates: What Employers Need to Know.”

Defining The Word “Safety” – Part 1 – James Roughton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPGslgCRFCA According to OSHA: You have the right to a safe workplace - En Español - Tiếng Việt Nam You have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires employers to … Continue reading Defining The Word “Safety” – Part 1 – James Roughton

OSHA Debuts Online Form For Whistleblowers To File A Complaint

The process of filing whistleblower complaints just became a lot easier. On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) launched a new system that will allow workers to file whistleblower retaliation complaints online. http://www.whistleblowers.gov/ Under the previous system, whistleblowers could only make complaints to OSHA by filing a … Continue reading OSHA Debuts Online Form For Whistleblowers To File A Complaint

Is Your Safety Incentive Program In Compliance With OSHA’s Interpretation?

Video Courtesy of Comedy Central® Does your company have a Safety Incentive Program? If so, are you administering it properly according to OSHA? See if this memo from OSHA and it’s interpretation will affect your program! MAR 12 2012 MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS, WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM MANAGERS FROM: RICHARD E. FAIRFAX Deputy Assistant Secretary SUBJECT: Employer … Continue reading Is Your Safety Incentive Program In Compliance With OSHA’s Interpretation?

Whistleblower Complaints: Avoiding Discrimination Charges Through Documentation

Video from Digital 2000 The best way to convince OSHA that an employee was fired with cause, rather than for being a whistleblower, is to maintain a comprehensive system of documentation. May 7, 2013 Arthur G. Sapper and William Friedman, EHS Today You are the safety director of a medium-size company. The superintendent of the … Continue reading Whistleblower Complaints: Avoiding Discrimination Charges Through Documentation

Update! – OSHA’s Vision for the Future & Opinion on “Safety Incentive Programs”

{Watch this video! It explains things that you can do to motivate people to be a part of over all safety in the workplace!} MAR 12 2012 MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS, WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM MANAGERS FROM: RICHARD E. FAIRFAX Deputy Assistant Secretary SUBJECT: Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices Section 11(c) of the OSH … Continue reading Update! – OSHA’s Vision for the Future & Opinion on “Safety Incentive Programs”

OSHA Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 – Budget Includes Increases in WhistleBlower Protection, OSHA Regional Office Consolidation & Enhance Worker Safety

Below is an overview of the fiscal year 2013 budget by departments and topics. For a quick overall view of the budget, download the PDF file here: http://www.dol.gov/dol/budget/2013/PDF/FY2013BIB.pdf The budget by department and topics: Budget Summary Employment and Training Administration Training and Employment Services Office of Job Corps Community Service Employment For Older Americans Federal … Continue reading OSHA Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 – Budget Includes Increases in WhistleBlower Protection, OSHA Regional Office Consolidation & Enhance Worker Safety

NWC Comments on DOL Dodd-Frank Regulations

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Richard Renner Just before last night's deadline, I submitted comments on modifications to the Department of Labor's regulations for corporate fraud whistleblowers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) originally issued regulations at 29 CFR Part 1980 to govern its whistleblower program under the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The … Continue reading NWC Comments on DOL Dodd-Frank Regulations

Union Pacific Ordered to Reinstate OSHA Whistle-Blower, Pay $300,000.00

Judy Greenwald Courtesy of Business Insurance.com December 21, 2011 - 2:24pm SEATTLE—Union Pacific Railroad Co. has been ordered to reinstate a whistle-blower employee who was terminated after reporting a work-related injury and to pay him more than $300,000, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific said … Continue reading Union Pacific Ordered to Reinstate OSHA Whistle-Blower, Pay $300,000.00

A Pfizer Whistle-Blower Is Awarded $1.4 Million

A federal jury has awarded $1.37 million in damages to a former Pfizer scientist who claimed she was sickened by a genetically engineered virus at a company laboratory and then fired for raising safety concerns. The case, which was decided Thursday, has raised questions about the safety of workers in the biotechnology industry and about … Continue reading A Pfizer Whistle-Blower Is Awarded $1.4 Million

OSHA Orders Tennessee Commerce Bank to Reinstate Whistleblower, Pay $1 Million

OSHA has ordered Tennessee Commerce Bank in Nashville, Tenn., to reinstate a former corporate officer and pay more than $1 million in back wages, interest, attorney's fees, compensatory damages and other relief. The department found the bank had fired the individual in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. “Sarbanes-Oxley … Continue reading OSHA Orders Tennessee Commerce Bank to Reinstate Whistleblower, Pay $1 Million

Illinois Railroads Ordered to Pay Employee Fired for Reporting Work Injury

OSHA has ordered the Illinois Central Railroad Co. and the Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad, both headquartered in Homewood, Ill., to pay a former railroad employee more than $80,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, and attorney's fees. The agency investigated the employee's allegation that the railroads terminated his employment in retaliation for reporting a work-related … Continue reading Illinois Railroads Ordered to Pay Employee Fired for Reporting Work Injury