OSHA Issues Recordkeeping Rule Enforcement Memorandum

Last week, OSHA released a November 10 memorandum which summarized enforcement of a recordkeeping rule that was finalized in May 2016.

Under the memorandum, OSHA says its inspectors can cite employers for discouraging workers from reporting injuries and illnesses without identifying an employee who didn’t make a report. The inspector only has to identify a worker who “would be deterred or discouraged” from making a report in the future.

The rule, issued May 12, requires employers to have “reasonable” procedures for reporting on-the-job injuries and illnesses (81 Fed. Reg. 29,624).

IPC, along with a coalition of industry groups known as the Coalition for Workplace Safety, filed comments opposing the rule.

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