OSHA Amends Regulation on Agency Access to Employee Medical Records
A final rule published by OSHA in the Federal Register amends the regulation that addresses agency practices and procedures related to OSHA access to employee medical records. The new final rule revises several provisions related to OSHA’s procedures for obtaining and using personally identifiable employee medical information. According to OSHA, the revisions are intended to increase workers’ privacy and improve the agency’s ability to protect personally identifiable medical information. The revision transfers the approval of written medical access orders from the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health to the OSHA medical records officer. The medical records officer is now responsible for decisions related to interagency transfer and public disclosure of personally identifiable medical information. The final rule also establishes new procedures related to employee medical information and eliminates certain requirements for the removal of direct personal identifiers. Further details are available in OSHA's press release.