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OSHA to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | April 11, 2014 | Comments Off on OSHA to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness

Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing changes to its reporting system for workplace injuries and illnesses.

According to OSHA, the purpose of this rulemaking is to improve workplace safety and health. The collection of useful, accessible, establishment-specific injury and illness data to which OSHA currently does not have direct, timely, and systematic access.

With the information acquired through this proposed rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data, resulting in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities,” says Dr. David Michaels Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

The proposal will modify an employer’s obligation to transmit records to OSHA.  Employers will report the data through a secure data collection website.

In order to be OSHA-compliant the proposal will include that establishments with at least 250 employees will be required to electronically submit their OSHA Form 300 on a quarterly basis to OSHA. While establishments with at least 20 employees will be required to electronically submit their OSHA summary form 300A on an annual basis.

Upon request from OSHA, certain employers will be required to submit information about cases from their OSHA 301 incident report. Data from the 300A and 300, except the employee’s name, will be available to the public via the said website.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/faqs.html

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/proposed_data_form.html

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