OSHA Finalizes Workplace Injury and Illness Data Tracking Rule
On May 11, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized its revised recordkeeping and reporting rule on workplace injury and illness. The final rule:
Requires employers to submit some of this information electronically to OSHA for posting on a publicly accessible website.
Requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illness free from retaliation.
Requires that the reporting procedure is reasonable and does not discourage employees from reporting.
The reporting requirement applies to companies with 250 or more employees in all industries, as well as companies with between 20 and 249 employees in industries designated as hazardous. The new rule takes effect January 1, 2017; reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. The anti-retaliation provisions apply to all employers and become effective August 10, 2016.