OSHA Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Recommendations

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the similarly named provision of 22 Federal statues protecting employees against retaliation from raising health, safety and potential or actual violations of health and safety rules. The document is entitled "Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs" and can be found here.

Key Elements to an Effective Anti-Retaliation Program

  1. Management Commitment

  2. Compliance Concern Response System

  3. Anti-Retaliation Response System

  4. Anti-Retaliation Training

  5. Program Oversight

It is important to remember that preventing retaliation makes for a safe and happy working environment for workers and employers alike. Studies have shown that happy and safe work environments are good for business. However, it is important to also remember that

"Retaliation is against the law"

A successful anti-retaliation program improves employee engagement, and helps protect workers and members of the public from violations of federal laws and regulations.

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