One comment to “OSHA Unveils Plans to Boost Protection of Whistleblowers”

  1. Becky McClain

    Your article is a short-sighted. The problems with OSHA surrounding the protection of whistleblowers involves more than OSHA training issues. Much more.

    The major problem is that government agencies, like OSHA, use revolving door policies and establish special economic relationships with business. Consequently, these inherent conflict of interest creates certain boundaries that these agencies, like OSHA, will not cross at the expense of individual and public health rights, even to the point of using disingenuous tactics against whistleblowers.

    For example, during an interview session I had with OSHA concerning serious public health and safety complaints against my employer Pfizer, I was guaranteed that my notebooks were safe as I left for a lunch break. But while away, the OSHA investigator, nonetheless, made a copy of all my attorney-client privileged documents from my personal notebook without my consent or knowledge. These private documents, of course, were subsequently given to Pfizer without my knowledge.

    And then later in the investigation, OSHA demanded a settlement offer from me at the threat of throwing out my case, only to use it afterwards to write in their report that I had a character flaw because I was out to get money. OSHA refused to follow statutory procedure, never performed a safety inspection or addressed my serious safety complaints even with documents in hand showing serious biocontainment issues, exposures and illnesses in our department at Pfizer. It was obvious that OSHA was NOT interested in protecting me as a whistleblower; they were out to silence me using false character assassination.

    The end result is that government agencies act in capricious ways and will continue to do so due to conflicts of interests and special relationships with business. OSHA provides no consistent platform or protection for injured workers or whistleblowers to speak freely and inform the public, even with issues concerning public health and safety.

    We need Congress to do their job and make sure that these agencies like OSHA follow the law to protect whistleblowers. But it obvious that the government and Congress are too entrenched with special interests groups to do this. They turn their heads and advocate for more training instead knowing all the while this is a façade.

    OSHA will not provide consistent protections to whistleblowers because Congress does not demand them to do it. We need to form a citizen’s group to protect whistleblowers.
    Otherwise, the injustices will continue against good Americans who speak for the protection of public health and safety and the common good. The whistleblower suffers and the public gets short-changed.

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