The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will conduct an "OSHA listens" meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2010, but has now been postponed due to the weather here. To speak at the "OSHA listens" meeting, participants were required to register by February 3.  Perhaps registration will reopen when the event is rescheduled. The original details are in the continuation of this entry.

This will be an opportunity for whistleblowers and their advocates to speak about their experience with OSHA investigations.  How do you feel about having regional directors make the initial decisions? Would a national whistleblower office be better?  Are OSHA investigations thorough and thoughtful? Does OSHA communicate well by informing parties and their attorneys of their actions?  Now is a good time to speak up.

News Release

OSHA News Release: [01/15/2010]
Contact Name: Diana Petterson
Phone Number: (202) 693-1898
Release Number: 10-0063-NAT

US Department of Labor’s OSHA announces ‘OSHA Listens’ public meeting to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders

Public meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a public meeting, "OSHA Listens," to solicit comments and suggestions from OSHA stakeholders on key issues facing the agency. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C.

"Public involvement in the government’s activities is a priority for this administration and is important to enhancing OSHA efforts to protect the safety and health of workers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "This public meeting gives us an opportunity to hear your ideas, suggestions and comments on key issues facing this agency."

Some of the questions OSHA invites public input on include:

* What can the agency do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards?
* What are the most important emerging or unaddressed health and safety issues in the workplace, and what can OSHA do to address these?
* How can the agency improve its efforts to engage stakeholders in programs and initiatives?
* Are there additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s current compliance assistance efforts and the onsite consultation program to ensure small businesses have the information needed to provide safe workplaces?
* What specific actions can the agency take to enhance the voice of workers in the workplace, particularly workers who are hard to reach, who do not have ready access to information about hazards or their rights, or who are afraid to exercise their rights?

The public meeting will be held at the Frances Perkins Building auditorium, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. To attend and/or make an oral presentation, individuals must register by e-mail at by close of business on Feb. 3. In the e-mail, include:

* Your name, title, company or organization (if applicable), address, telephone number and e-mail address.
* If you wish to make a short presentation, the specific topic or issue to be addressed.

Those unable to attend may send written comments to OSHA Docket Office, Docket Number OSHA-2010-0004, Technical Data Center, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210, or submit them via e-mail to Identify all comments with the docket number.

For more information on the scope of the meeting, attending the meeting or providing written comments, refer to the Federal Register notice at

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit

On Feburary 8, 2010, OSHA issued this statement:

The OSHA Listens public meeting scheduled for February 10th has been postponed due to the blizzard and the forecast of more snow on Tuesday night. The meeting will be rescheduled and we will send out the new date at the end of the week. If you were scheduled to speak, please send your statement as planned.