OSHA Proposes New Rule to Help Track Workplace Injuries
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 and illnesses.
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.