OSHA requesting comment on whistleblower anti-retaliation guidance
Washington – Stakeholders are encouraged to comment on a draft guidance document from OSHA intended to help employers develop a whistleblower protection program.
The document defines retaliation as it relates to whistleblowers, as well as the benefits of an anti-retaliation program.
Five steps to creating an effective program, according to the document, are:
- Ensure leadership commitment.
- Foster an anti-retaliation culture.
- Implement a system for responding to reports of retaliation.
- Conduct anti-retaliation training.
- Monitor progress and program improvement.
OSHA is interested in learning from stakeholders whether anti-retaliation concepts are described clearly in the document, if issues related to small businesses are addressed, and whether the guidance includes important features of an anti-retaliation program.