OSHA Releases Final Rule For Handling CPSIA Whistleblower Complaints

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule regarding the procedures for handling retaliation complaints under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The CPSIA prohibits manufacturers, private labelers, distributors, or retailers from discharging or otherwise discriminating against employees because the employees provide information relating to violations of any act enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to the federal government or a state attorney general, testify regarding such violations, or object to participating in any activities believed to be tantamount to such violations. The final rule is relevant to all employers in the consumer product supply chain.

In this article,the authors explain the applicability, process, judicial review and specific provisions of the CPSIA.