In an effort to continuously create a safer work environment for employees, OSHA has established a record keeping rule that initially took effect in 2017, with its second phase right around the corner. This rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. OSHA believes that this rule will help protect and inform workers, as well as encourage employers to maintain a safe workplace by having their injury and illness data accessible to the public.
The first phase of the data submission from 2017:
The second phase deadline for data submission in 2018:
Within this final rule, provisions are included that encourage workers to report work-related injuries or illnesses to their employer, while discouraging employers from retaliation against the workers making these reports. Employers must inform employees of the procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses, as well as posting the OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster from April 2015 or later.
If you are concerned your organization is not OSHA compliant, don’t worry!
Contact Robert Ridpath CSP, CFEI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-232-0158.
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