Recent OSHA Enforcement: Whistleblower Protection
By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP®
Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services
A Connecticut district court has ruled that Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford must repay the lost wages of three workers who were fired after they announced their concerns about potential tuberculosis exposure in their workplace. OSHA found that the workers lost their jobs after they tried to raise awareness among fellow employees, management and the public, and after cooperating with public and workplace health agencies that looked into the workers’ concerns. Under whistleblower provisions enforced by OSHA, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise concerns about workplace health and safety.