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OSHA Says Union Can Rep Employee in Walkarounds in Non-Union Workplaces

Posted in on Tue, May 21, 2013

On February 21, OSHA issued a guidance letter answering the question “whether workers at a workplace without a collective bargaining agreement may authorize a person who is affiliated with a union or a community organization to act as their representative under” the OSH Act, including “’representing the employee(s) as a personal representative’ and ‘accompanying the employee on an OSHA inspection’ in a non-unionized workplace’” and “whether, under these circumstances, the individual who is filing an OSHA complaint on behalf of an employee could act as a ‘walkaround representative’ during an OSHA inspection.”  The answer is yes.  The letter was made public in April.  You can find the letter
at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=28604

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