OSHA updates whistleblower investigation manual, first major overhaul since 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the whistleblower investigation manual for the agency as part of the “first comprehensive overhaul since 2011,” according to an Aug. 11 press release.

The press release states that the new version of the manual “replaces the January 2016 version.” According to the document, the manual “outlines the procedures and other information relating to the handling of complaints of retaliation under the various whistleblower statutes for which responsibility has been delegated to OSHA.” The manual “can be used as an immediate reference”.

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces 25 whistleblower statutes, investigates and renders decisions regarding whistleblowers.

According to the press release, the new version of the manual includes “old policy memoranda and procedures driven by OSHA field offices,” clarifications of “procedures that lacked sufficient guidance or were unclear.” in the previous version, and an updated section in Chapter 2 that “brings together and explains the legal concepts and principles that guide whistleblower investigations.” The new version also removed “law-specific chapters” and converted content “to law-specific office aids.”

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said in the press release, “We are working to improve our whistleblower program to help ensure workers have a voice at work without retaliation.

Read the press release here.

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