IPC supports OSHA Proposal to Delay Reporting of Injury Tracking

Last week, IPC, along with 60 other organizations, submitted comments supporting an Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) proposed rule to delay the compliance date for the reporting requirement under the final Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Regulation issued May 12, 2016.

The comments welcome OSHA’s proposal to delay the reporting requirement under the final regulation as a necessary first step to a more substantial revision or rescission of that regulation. The comments further encourage OSHA to stay the reporting requirement indefinitely while the administration reviews the regulation.

OSHA proposed the delay in the deadline for submission of 2016 Form 300A data in order to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation and allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which will not be available until August 1, 2017.

IPC opposed this regulation when it was proposed in November 2013, and when the supplemental rule was proposed in August 2014. Among our criticisms is that OSHA provided no evidentiary support for their assertion of benefits flowing from the regulation and the reporting requirement.

 

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