OSHA Halts Injury Electronic Reporting Rule

With all the media attention on Trump and Russia and special counsels, what’s going on in the weeds of government gets lost.

Case in point: Yesterday the Labor Department suspended the Obama administration rule requiring that employers electronically report their worker injury and illness records.

The rule took effect on Jan. 1 and covered nearly 441,000 workplaces. Employers were obligated to send in their summary data by July 1 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, OSHA never launched the website for companies to submit the information, and it posted language Wednesday with an existing fact sheet that it “is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time.”

Many business groups objected to the rule on the grounds that it could unfairly damage the reputation of their members

But the rule’s supporters pointed out that companies in high-hazard industries such as manufacturing and nursing homes already are required to submit their summary data by mail–so making companies submit the information online was no big stretch.

But for now the industry arguments prevailed.

Here’s some background on the final rule.

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