The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published interim final regulations to help protect workers who voice safety, health, and security concerns.

The new rules establish procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints filed by workers in the railroad, public transit, commercial motor carrier, and consumer products industries. The rules allow filing by phone as well as in writing, and filing in languages other than English. They also create greater consistency among various OSHA complaint procedures.

Comments may be submitted electronically at the federal e-rulemaking portal or by mail or fax. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2010. For more information: