DOL readies ‘workers’ voice’ survey

Washington – The Department of Labor is readying a survey to gauge workers’ “voice” in their workplace as it relates to OSHA and Wage and Hour Division laws.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has pushed for ensuring employees have a voice – defined as the ability to access information on rights in the workplace, understanding of those rights and the ability to exercise those rights without fear of reprisal.

DOL on May 8 submitted an information collection request (.pdf file) on the survey to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. Interested parties have until June 7 to comment on the request.

The approximately 18-minute-long survey will ask employees about their knowledge of safety and health rights, gauge their understanding of those rights, and assess their ability to exercise those rights without fear of retaliation. DOL said it hopes to learn how workers’ voice is related to perceptions of employer non-compliance with federal regulations.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)