• Henry Seaton

OSHA issues rule protecting food handling whistleblowers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule establishing procedures for handling complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act concerning retaliation against employees who report problems with the handling of food, including transportation. The final rule also explains the burdens of proof, remedies and statute of limitations similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA administers. The rule follows an interim final rule published in 2014.

The final OSHA rule follows by less than two weeks a final Food and Drug Administration rule establishing new procedures for the safe transportation of food.

For more information, read the April 18 Federal Register notice.

Avoid legal pitfalls

Rules of the Road offers practical help on avoiding legal pitfalls in working with customers, independent contractors, insurers, factoring companies, etc.

Many serious legal risks will go unnoticed unless you are watching for them. Don't take chances.

 Although successful food haulers already employ the common sense steps required in FDA's new transportation rule, declaring your compliance can help you stay competitive for spot-market freight.