OSHA Issues Updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual

September 22, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new edition of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual.


This manual is one of a series of measures to improve OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program that were announced in August. The new edition of the manual contains updates to case handling procedures, information on the new laws enacted since the manual was last updated in 2003, and other information to guide OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program, which addresses retaliation complaints under the 21 whistleblower statutes delegated to OSHA.

This new manual will provide further guidance to help ensure the consistency and quality of investigations. The updated manual is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=5061 

“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their legal rights without fear of retaliation is crucial to many of the legal protections and safeguards that all Americans value,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels when these measures were announced in August.

Key changes to the manual include: