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OSHA Increases Workplace Injury Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on May 11, 2018 that greatly enhances injury and illness data collection from employers. The new rule will require many employers to electronically submit information about workplace injuries and illnesses to the government, and OSHA has announced it intends to post this data on its public web site.

Details Of Finalized Rule: Who, What, and When
OSHA has revised its requirements for recording and submitting records of work-based injuries and illnesses. Once the new rule takes effect, you will be required to electronically submit the recorded information for posting on the OSHA web site. Various dates will be pertinent depending on your company size regarding whem these new rules will take effect. OSHA will also be collecting previously unrequired data from businessses on a routine basis.

Anti-Retaliation Protections
Under the new rule, OSHA reemphasizes the requirements of the whistleblower protections found in Section 11c of the federal law for employees to report injury and illnesses without fear of retaliation. The final rule contains three provisions to highlight the retaliation protection.

Public Posting Of Information Causes Concern
As noted above, OSHA will post the establishment’s specific injury and illness data it collects under this final recordkeeping rule on its web site. OSHA has stated that it will remove any personally identified information (PII) before the data is released to the public. The agency also claims that this new recordkeeping reporting requirement will help you and your employees to identify hazards, fix problems, and prevent additional injuries and illnesses.

Foulke, Edwin, Jr. “OSHA Greatly Increases Workplace Injury Reporting Requirements.” EHS Today. N.p., 6 June 2016. Web. 17 Aug. 2016.

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