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OSHA proposes new incident-tracking rule

On November 7, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its proposal of a new rule intended to create more effective tracking of occupational injuries and illnesses and improve on-the-job safety.

The proposed rule would require companies with more than 250 employees to electronically submit quarterly injury and illness records. Some industries with high rates and 20 or more workers will be required to submit an annual summary of this information. The new rule was proposed following the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release of its 2012 annual report on employees injured at the workplace.

"With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

Help safeguard crews against workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers can develop a culture of occupational safety by implementing prevention plans that include thorough training on hazards, safety protocols, and the proper use of personal protective equipment.