OSHA Proposes to Rescind Requirements of Electronic Recordkeeping Regulation
OSHA has proposed to amend its recordkeeping regulation by rescinding the requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Form 300 is the log of work-related injuries and illnesses and Form 301 is the injury and illness incident report. According to the agency, these employers would still be required to submit information from their OSHA Forms 300A, which summarize work-related illnesses and injuries. The Federal Register notice states that OSHA is amending its recordkeeping requirements “to protect sensitive worker information from potential disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.” When the final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses was first announced in 2016, then-Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels, PhD, MPH, stated that access to these data would allow the agency to use its resources more efficiently. According to Michaels, the new rule would help OSHA identify workplaces where workers are at greatest risk. For example, the data might prompt the agency to refer high-rate small- and medium-sized employers to OSHA’s free on-site consultation program, or to send hazard-specific outreach information to employers. More information about OSHA’s final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses is available on the agency’s website.
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