CHICAGO The Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the
members of its new Whistleblower Protection Advisory
includes representatives from industry, labor and the
publicwill advise, consult and make recommendations to
Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and OSHA leaders on how to
improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and
transparency of OSHAs existing whistleblower protection
programs, according to OSHA.
Among the committees
members are Nancy Lessin, program director at the United
Steelworkers unions Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health,
Safety and Environmental Education, and Ava Barbour, associate
general counsel for the United Auto Workers union.
"Nancy has been assisting and
educating workers regarding whistleblower rights, and
advocating for strong enforcement of whistleblower statutes,
since 1979," USW president Leo W. Gerard wrote in a letter
nominating Lessin for the post.
"Nobody should ever live in fear
because they saw something wrong and spoke out to make it
right," Lessin said in a statement last week.
The committee, which comprises 12 voting members and one
nonvoting member, will hold its first meeting Jan. 29.