The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a workplace injuries and illness rule, titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness”, which goes into effect January 1, 2017 and will require electronic submission of employer occupational injury/illness for employers with 250 employees or more or more employees and employers in “high risk” industries with 20 or more employees, as well as mandate accessible procedures to bar employers from setting policies that inhibit employees from reporting injuries/illnesses.
OSHA statedthat it will use the data to target its investigation and enforcement of workplace hazards. It also states that making the data publicly available will allow “investors, job seekers, customers and the broader public” to review whether workplaces provide safe environments for employees.
According to the National Law Review, challenges and concerns expressed by employers include:
- A potential increase in compliance officer visits due to an employer having a higher-than-average injury and illness rate
- Probability of personal information being hacked, privacy disclosed
- Public exposure and media attention towards those companies OSHA views as “bad actors”
- Potential to aid unions in targeting companies
- Broad discretion issue citations if the agency considers any part of an employer’s procedures to be “unreasonable”
The dispute moved to congress on May 25th where a House subcommittee took up the issue.
Read the Summary & Facts HERE.