Final Rule Issued To Improve Tracking Of Workplace Injuries And Illnesses

OSHA Final Rule Issued To Improve Tracking Of Workplace Injuries And Illnesses
1/6/2017

Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries. The rule released earlier last month by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will go into effect in January. This simple change in OSHA’s rulemaking requirements will improve safety for workers across the country. One important reason stems from our understanding of human behavior and motivation. Behavioral economics tells us that making injury information publicly available will “nudge” employers to focus on safety. And, as we have seen in many examples, more attention to safety will save the lives and limbs of many workers, and will ultimately help the employer’s bottom line as well. Finally, this regulation will improve the accuracy of this data by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses.


The rule will require employers need to keep good and accurate records on any employee injuries or illnesses. They also need to file those records for up to five years. To read the full articl regarding this new rule, click here to be taken directly to the OSHA website.   

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