According to an article by WorkersCompensation, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is increasing the amount of whistleblowers it uses to help cite infractions. This comes after a federal appeals court revisited a 2009 case where an official was fired for being a whistleblower against OSHA itself.
Robert Whitmore, a former head of recordkeeping for the administration, accused OSHA of "acquiescing in hiding workplace injuries," according to Reuters. Whitmore was subsequently fired, despite the administration's desire to protect whistelblowers. The court found that the Labor Department did indeed fire Whitmore "over his disruptive behavior."
"Whistleblowing provides an important public benefit that must be encouraged when necessary by taking away fear of retaliation," said Judge Jimmie Reyna. "Congress decided that we as a people are better off knowing than not knowing about such violations and improper conduct."
According to WorkersCompensation, the best defense against OSHA's whistblowers is a "good safety program," which can be taught through an online OSHA training software or other learning management software. This safety program should also promote the communication from the bottom to the top of the management chain on whether certain mandates and requirements are being met or not.
While whistleblowers and OSHA do a great service to consumers and advocates, they can be very costly and damaging to the companies that have made the violations. In order to prevent any infractions and negative press from whistleblowers or OSHA citations, companies may want to use an online training software to educate its employees on what is and is not allowed in the workplace.
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