OSHA Rulemaking Increases Reporting Obligations
July 18, 2016
Beginning in 2017, employers will be required to affirmatively submit to OSHA whatever injury/illness information and forms they were already required to compile.
In a recent rulemaking titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” 81 Fed. Reg. 29,624 (May 12, 2016) (Final Rule), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced new mandatory reporting obligations for certain employers and increased its scrutiny of potentially discriminatory or retaliatory policies and practices that may discourage reporting by employees of injuries or illnesses. OSHA emphasized that employers will not have to collect or maintain any new or additional data as a result of the Final Rule but will have to affirmatively submit data that previously had to be submitted only if requested. The Final Rule amends various subparts of 29 C.F.R. parts 1904 and 1902.
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