OSHA Update 6.15.2014

Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) re-established

 Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, has re-established the charter for the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee for a two-year period. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection activities.

$7 million in health and safety grants available

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program has $7 million in grants available and is soliciting applicants for the program. From the OSHA website, “The focus of the program is to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, over 1.8 million workers have been trained through this program.”

OSHA has developed a proposal webinar to assist prospective applicants in understanding the application process.