A new OSHA regulation took effect on January 1, 2017, that requires certain employers to change the way they report injuries and illnesses. The new rule doesn’t mandate any additional record-keeping actions or for companies to increase the amount of data they record when on-the-job injuries occur, or when man-hours are lost to work-generated sicknesses. It only means that injury and illness reports must now be transmitted to OSHA electronically and that some of the data presented to OSHA will be posted on osha.gov, in the hope that more transparency will encourage employers to keep their workplaces as safe as possible.
As stated on the administration’s website, OSHA has determined that such public disclosures “encourage employers to improve workplace safety, and provide valuable information to workers, job seekers, customers, researchers, and the general public.” Submissions from employers will be made via a secure website, with three options for uploading data, including an interface for those managers who use automated record-keeping systems. The new submission site is expected to go live in February.
The new regulation effects organizations with 250 or more employees, and organizations with 20 to 249 employees in certain high-risk industries. The new filing requirements will be phased in over time, and you can find out more at: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/
Findlay All Hazards serves a host of industries in various capacities that revolve around OSHA regs like this one. First, we’ve been providing custom worker safety training and consulting programs, coast-to-coast, for over 30 years, along with open enrollment workshops at our Ohio training facility (like our 30-Hour OSHA General Industry Compliance course). Findlay trainers focus on regulatory requirements and updates, and participants learn to find and implement regulations pertaining to employee safety. At the same time, they gain proficiency in the technical skills mandated by OSHA.
Findlay workshops and custom training programs also help prevent injuries and downtime thanks by providing instruction that helps both management and associates develop a safety mindset.
And, Findlay All Hazards can improve your record-keeping systems and skills, or partner with you to help manage corporate-wide record-keeping, no matter the size of your company.
Findlay All Hazards is the training partner you can count on for providing the information and customized training necessary to develop or improve your in-house compliance programs.
To learn more about Findlay’s OSHA compliance workshops, like 40- and 8-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and our Confined Space series (Entrant/Attendant/Supervisor, Basic Rescue, Intermediate Rescue) visit our OSHA training calendar page.