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Notice of Stakeholder Meeting

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.


Notice of public meeting.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing a public meeting to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders in the railroad and trucking industries, including employers, employees, and representatives of employers and employees, on issues facing the agency in its administration of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the National Transit Systems Security Act, and Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (as that provision relates to employers and employees in the railroad and trucking industries).


The public meeting will be held on June 12, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Persons interested in attending the meeting must register by May 29, 2018. In addition, comments relating to the “Scope of Meeting” section of this document must be submitted in written or electronic form by June 5, 2018.

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The public meeting will be held in Room N-3437 A-B, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.

Written Comments: Submit written comments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2018-0005, Room N-3653, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. You may submit materials, including attachments, electronically at which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the on-line instructions for submissions. All comments should be identified with Docket No. OSHA-2018-0005.

Registration To Attend and/or To Participate in the Meeting: If you wish to attend the public meeting, make an oral presentation at the meeting, or participate in the meeting via telephone, you must register using this link​e/​occupational-safety-and-health-administration-stakeholder-meeting-registration-45311347460 by close of business on May 29, 2018. Participants may speak and pass out written materials, but there will not be an opportunity to give an electronic presentation. Actual times provided for presentation will depend on the number of requests, but no more than 10 minutes per participant. There is no fee to register for the public meeting. Registration on the day of the public meeting will be permitted on a space-available basis beginning at 12 p.m. ET. After reviewing the presentation requests, participants will be contacted prior to the meeting with an approximate time the participants' presentation is scheduled to begin.

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For press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-1999; email

For general information: Mr. Anthony Rosa, Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-2199; email

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Scope of Meeting

OSHA is interested in obtaining information from the public on key issues facing the agency's whistleblower program. This meeting will be the first in a series of meetings requesting public input on this program. For this meeting, OSHA is focusing on issues relating to whistleblower protection in the railroad and trucking industries. In particular, the agency invites input on the following:

1. How can OSHA deliver better whistleblower customer service?

2. What kind of assistance can OSHA provide to help explain the whistleblower laws it enforces?

Request for Comments

Regardless of attendance at the public meeting, interested persons may submit written or electronic comments (see ADDRESSES). Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Please indicate which industry (railroad or trucking) your comments are intended to address. To permit time for interested persons to submit data, information, or views on the issues in the “Scope of Meeting” section of this notice, submit comments by June 5, 2018. Please include Docket No. OSHA-2018-0005. Comments received may be seen in the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Docket Office, (see ADDRESSES), between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

Access to the Public Record

Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at This notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, also are available on the Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs' web page at:

Authority and Signature

Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this notice under the authority granted by Secretary's Order 01-2012 (Jan. 18, 2012), 77 FR 3912 (Jan. 25, 2012); 29 U.S.C. 660(c); 49 U.S.C. 31105; 49 U.S.C. 20109, and 6 U.S.C. 1142.

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Signed at Washington, DC on April 30, 2018.

Loren Sweatt,

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2018-09456 Filed 5-3-18; 8:45 am]