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August 22, 2014

Back in December of 2013 we shared a blog about OSHA proposing a rule that would require companies with more than 250 employees to submit records electronically on a quarterly basis and companies with 20 employees or fewer in specific industries to submit electronically once a year.  The electronic data would be easily accessible to outside entities via OSHA’s website.

A report just came out that OSHA has extended the public comment period on this proposed rule until October 14.  There have been many concerns expressed thus far regarding this proposed rule.  The concerns included the suspicion that companies would start under reporting injuries because they would not want these reports to be public.  Another concern expressed by participants was that employers might start practices that would discourage employees from reporting recordable injuries and illnesses.

Because of these valid concerns OSHA would like comments on the following amendments to the rule:
1.)    Require that employers inform their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses.
2.)    More clearly communicate the requirement that any injury and illness reporting requirements established by the employer be reasonable and not unduly burdensome.
3.)    Provide OSHA an additional remedy to prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for reporting injuries and illnesses.

OSHA just wants to make sure that everyone has access to the most accurate and current safety data for companies they do business with.  This type of information can help protect the safety and health of employees in every industry.  You can submit a comment and find out more information by visiting the OSHA website.

OSHA information came from:  Cable, Josh. “Citing Underrecording Concerns, OSHA Extends Comment Period for Electronic Reporting Rule.”www.ehstoday.com August 14, 2014, August 18, 2014

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