OSHA Proposes Rulemaking to Clarify Employers’ Record- keeping Obligations
OSHA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its recordkeeping regulations to clarify employers’ ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of all recordable work-related illnesses and injuries. According to the agency’s press release, the proposed amendments do not add any new compliance obligations or require employers to make records of any injuries or illnesses for which records are not already required. “The duty to record an injury or illness continues for as long as the employer must keep records of the recordable injury or illness,” the Federal Register notice reads. “The duty does not expire just because the employer fails to create the necessary records when first required to do so.” The proposal revises the titles of some existing sections and subparts and changes the text of some existing provisions. Written comments on OSHA’s proposed rule must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2015. For more information, see the Federal Register notice.