Comment Period Extended on Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA has announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep.

OSHA is soliciting comments on whether to amend the proposed rule to: 1) require that employers inform their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses; 2) more clearly communicate that any injury and illness reporting requirements established by the employer must be reasonable and not unduly burdensome; and 3) provide OSHA with additional means to prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for reporting injuries and illnesses. Individuals interested in submitting comments may do so electronically here, at the federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile.

Click here for our past blog post setting forth the current OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

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