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Unions raise concerns on new OSHA record keeping rules

Following the Obama administration’s release of new electronic record keeping rules, union groups and other industry organizations raised their concerns about possible loopholes in the new OSHA rules on electronic record keeping. Chief among the concerns is how the rules allegedly don’t do much to improve worker safety.

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The rule published Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that certain employers would need to electronically submit information on injuries and illnesses that has already been required to be documented on on-site injury and illness forms. The agency also stated that it may publish some of the required information on its official website. Companies in the agriculture, construction, forestry, and manufacturing industries that have 250 or more workers would have to submit their 2016 data by July 2017, and their 2017 data by July 2018; the submission date would shift to March 2 of each year starting in 2019.

These rules, however, have been a cause of concern for many organizations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers.

“ASSE reiterates its concern that OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping rule cannot advance worker safety as well as OSHA hopes,” read a statement from ASSE president Michael Belcher. “The rule’s emphasis on data collected after injuries and fatalities occur is a step backward for safety professionals who work hard to move organizations toward measuring leading indicators, which better indicate how to avoid injuries and illnesses.”

Atlanta lawyer Charlie Morgan also spoke out against the rules, saying that it would only make things harder and less convenient on the administrative side of things.

“Because of this new focus and the new public disclosure, that presumably means OSHA and others are going to be double-checking records in a way that they really couldn’t before, so it’s even more reason to make sure that the people who are responsible for making the record-keeping decisions are well-trained and that there are checks and balances on that process to make sure the records are accurate,” he continued.

Greg Sizemore of the Associated Builders and Contractors said in his own statement that the new OSHA rules do not achieve what the agency states they should; to reduce workplaces illness and injury. He added that OSHA has “empowered itself to disseminate records and data to the public that fails to show the complete narrative of a company’s safety record or its efforts to promote a safe work environment.” Sizemore did acknowledge, however, that his group is working closely with its own members and OSHA to “create safe construction work environments.”

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