OSHA Ruling Clarifies Reporting Obligations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The final rule becomes effective Jan. 18, 2017.

The new final rule more clearly states employers’ obligations. The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. “It is important to keep in mind that accurate records are not just paperwork; they have a valuable and potentially life-saving purpose,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

“Following OSHA regulations is not just a compliance issue,” said Brewers Association Safety Ambassador and Safety subcommittee co-chair Matt Stinchfield, “The required reporting of work related injuries and illnesses helps to identify workplace hazards. This focuses attention on tangible solutions that improve workplace safety, saving both lives and limbs.”

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit osha.gov.