Environmental Health & Safety

OSHA Seeks Member Nominations for Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

By Chemical Processing staff

Mar 14, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is accepting nominations for members to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC).

WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection activities.

OSHA plans to fill 12 committee positions that will become vacant Jan. 1, 2015. The agency is initiating staggered terms whereby six members will be appointed to one-year terms, and six will be appointed to two-year terms. OSHA is looking to fill one public, one state occupational safety and health plan, two management and two labor representatives to one-year terms. The agency also seeks to fill two management, two labor and two public representatives to two-year terms.

Additionally, the committee will have three non-voting members selected by the secretary of labor who are government employees from other federal agencies that have jurisdiction over statutes with whistleblower provisions. Current committee members can be re-nominated.

Nominations may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking portal, by mail or fax. Nominations must be submitted by May 12, 2014.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.