Enforcement and Inspection

OSHA Launches Pilot Program for Severe Violators of Whistleblower Protection Laws

On May 31, OSHA announced a pilot program aimed at protecting workers who report violations of law, safety and health—a severe violator enforcement program for employers that “continually and willfully” disregard the rights of whistleblowers.

OSHA’s Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program (W-SVEP) will be similar to its existing Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which includes employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations and mandates follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. W-SVEP became effective on May 27, 2016, in the agency’s Kansas City Region, which includes employers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa.

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