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OSHA Update 10.16.2012

OSHA Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution for Whistleblower Complaints

  • OSHA is implementing an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pilot program for complaints filed under its Whistleblower Protection Program. The program is being trialed in two OSHA regions and assists employers and employees to resolve issues through mediation and resolution. According to the news release:
    • “The two OSHA regions that will participate in the pilot are headquartered in Chicago and San Francisco. The Chicago Regional Office is responsible for whistleblower investigations filed with federal OSHA in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. The San Francisco Regional Office is responsible for whistleblower investigations filed with federal OSHA in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as various Pacific Islands including the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa.”
  • Information on the pilot program can be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/WV. Additional information on OSHA’s whistleblower program is available at http://www.whistleblowers.gov.

OSHA Selects “Training Institute Education Centers”

  • In its efforts to expand safety and health training opportunities throughout the United States, the Department of Labor has added four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers raising the total number to 24 centers. OTI’s are non-profit organizations that offer OSHA training courses on safety standards as well as occupational safety and health issues.
  • It’s been a record year for OSHA’s training programs. Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, reports “This year, we have seen record numbers of requests for occupational safety and health training from the private sector and federal agency personnel. The renewal of OTI’s Education Centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers. The renewal of OTI’s Education Centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers.” The OTI Education Centers trained more than 40,000 people during the 2012 fiscal year, representing an all-time record for the program.
  • For information on locations, go to: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23058

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