The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a proposal
to improve workplace injury reports and help provide a safer environment.
OSHA proposes to add additional steps to the Part 1904 standard that already
exists, rather than change it completely. If the rule goes through, employers
will be asked to submit electronic forms of data about workplace injuries
The proposal was developed during a 2010 stakeholder meeting, where the
team discussed how to better help OSHA with gathering information. It
was after 2012 that the rule was proposed during that year, an estimated
three million injuries in the workplace were reported. With this rule
in place, collecting useful, accessible, and specific injury information
will be easier and the companies and OSHA can use the data to better safeguard
the work environment.
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr.
David Michaels, asserts that the data gathered as a result of the proposal
will help prevent workplace injuries or fatalities. He clarifies that
the proposal does not require employers to keep track of more information—rather
it simply requires employers to provide more data to OSHA.
OSHA also proposes that companies with 20 or more employees submit an injuries
report once a year. They would also like to make the information public
online, so that people can access it. It will be a good way to compare
injury rates between businesses and motivate people to maintain safer
workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established
to protect women and men in the work place. They are an organization that
offers training and assistance to promote safe working environments. Their
efforts are geared towards keeping workers at all levels and in all industries
reasonably safe from harm.
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