OSHA Seeks to Roll Back Major Parts of
OSHA is officially seeking to rescind two major parts of its Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule, according to a notice published in the July 30 Federal Register.
In the proposed rule, the agency states that it would require covered establishments with 250 or more employees or those with 20 to 249 employees in certain high-hazard industries to submit Form 300A data electronically, but would no longer require submission of Forms 300 or 301 injury and illness data. OSHA states that the move is intended to "protect sensitive worker information from potential disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act," and the reporting "burden" on employers is "unjustified given the uncertain benefits of collecting the information."
OSHA has already started on this path by stating on its website that it would not accept Forms 300 and 301. That action caused Public Citizen, the American Public Health Association, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to file a lawsuit July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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(Source: Safety+Health magazine, September 2018)