Shaping Smarter Regulations

OSHA Should Abandon Its Opposition to Incentive Programs

In a memo to field staff on March 12, 2012, OSHA established a new policy that incentive programs wouild constitute a violation of the whistleblower protections under Section 11(c) of the OSH Act. The agency provided no data, no studies, no reports to support this position--only its belief that these programs suppress employees from coming forward with injuries or hazards. If OSHA believes this, the agency must conduct a rulemaking and provide the necessary support for its position. Absent that, this policy should be rescinded.



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Idea No. 58