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OSHA Announces Proposed New Rule to Improve Tracking of Work Place Injuries and Illness

OSHA has issued a proposed rule to improve work place safety and health through improved tracking of work place injuries and illnesses.  According to Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, “Three million injuries are three million too many.”  Here is a link to the OSHA announcement. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled a public meeting to allow interested parties to comment on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA's proposed rule amends its current record keeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under existing standards, Part 1904. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Requests to attend or speak at the meeting may be submitted electronically at, the Federal eRule-making Portal or by mail or facsimile. The deadline to request to attend the meeting as a speaker or observer is Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. See the Federal Register notice for more details.
In 2010, falls were the leading cause of death in construction.  Since many of these employees who suffer falls at construction sites and survive, often sustained traumatic brain injuries, hopefully, OSHA’s fall prevention campaign and the new proposed rule requiring employers to report work place injuries and OSHA’s plan to eventually post the data online will help prevent traumatic brain injuries


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