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OSHA issues recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs

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Washington – A new set of recommendations from OSHA aims to help employers develop effective anti-retaliation programs that allow workers to voice concerns without fear of consequences.

Released Jan. 13, Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs contains five main elements of an effective anti-retaliation program:

  • Management leadership, commitment and accountability
  • A system for listening to and resolving employees’ safety and compliance concerns
  • A system for receiving and responding to reports of retaliation
  • Anti-retaliation training for employees and managers
  • Program oversight

OSHA goes on to state that the recommendations apply to all public and private employers who must adhere to the 22 whistleblower protection laws currently enforced by the agency.

Employers may use the recommendations to create a new program or improve an existing one. They also may adapt the recommendations to their organization depending on the industry, number of employees and other factors.

“These recommended practices will provide companies with the tools to create a robust anti-retaliation program,” OSHA acting assistant administrator Jordan Barab said in a press release. “In the long run, it’s good for workers and good for business.”

The list is advisory and does not create or change existing standards and regulations covered by OSHA.

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