Magazine article HRMagazine

Coming Soon: Online Injury and Illness Reports

Magazine article HRMagazine

Coming Soon: Online Injury and Illness Reports

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Next year, some 750,000 employers will be required to submit detailed annual reports of workplace injuries and illnesses to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which will publish the information online.

The new rule applies to firms with more than 250 employees and businesses with at least 20 workers in certain high-risk industries, such as construction and manufacturing. States with their own occupational safety and health laws must adopt "substantially identical" provisions.

While the U.S. Department of Labor stated that the rule is intended to modernize data collection so that OSHA can better inform workers, employers and the public about workplace hazards, critics say it will lead to the public shaming of businesses for incidents that may be outside their control. Employers already collect such information, but typically reveal it to OSHA only during inspections or surveys. …

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