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August 20, 2019
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U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Meeting to Solicit Public Input
On Aviation Act Whistleblower Protection Provision

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting October 8, 2019, in Washington, D.C., to solicit public comments and suggestions from stakeholders on issues relating to whistleblower protections under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21).

his is the fourth in a series of meetings at which OSHA is seeking public input on how it can improve whistleblower customer service, and enhance public understanding of the whistleblower laws.

Open to the public, the meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20210 in Room N-4437 A-D. Those interested in participating or attending the meeting, either in-person or via telephone, must register by September 24, 2019. There is no fee to register.

As discussed in more detail in the Federal Register notice announcing this meeting, the public can also submit written or electronic comments by September 30, 2019. In particular, OSHA is interested in comments on how the agency can deliver better whistleblower customer service, the types of assistance it can provide to explain the whistleblower laws it enforces, and safety issues in the airline industry about which the agency should be aware. All materials may be submitted electronically at, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal using OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2018-0005.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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