OSHA extends comment period on proposed injury and illness rule

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A proposed increase in electronic record keeping has raised concerns about privacy.

August 28, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended to Oct. 14 the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The proposal — published Nov. 8, 2013 —would amend the agency's recordkeeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers already are required to keep. During a public meeting, many participants expressed concern that the proposal may create motivation for employers to under-record injuries and illnesses because each covered establishment's injury and illness data would become publicly available.

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