Safety  
OSHA Moves Forward with Controversial  
Public Database of Workplace Injuries  
he Labor Department’s Occu-  
pational Safety and Health Ad-  
ministration (OSHA) finalized  
nesses and ignored the concerns from  
industry that this rulemaking will have  
unintended negative consequences,”  
says Greg Sizemore, Associated Build-  
ers and Contractors (ABC) vice pres-  
ident of health, safety, environment  
and workforce development.“[ABC] is  
committed to working with our mem-  
bers and OSHA to create safe construc-  
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a new rule that requires companies to  
make all of their injury and illness data  
public. The agency already requires  
many American employers to main-  
tain a record of injuries and illnesses,  
but claims that little or no information  
about worker injuries and illnesses at  
individual employers is made public or  
available to OSHA.  
tion work environments. However, in  
departing from its current ‘no fault’  
public disclosure of kitchens’ sanitary recordkeeping system, OSHA has em-  
That’s about to change under the conditions, which it says encourages powered itself to disseminate records  
“Improve Tracking of Workplace Inju- restaurant owners to improve food safety. and data to the public that fails to show  
ries and Illnesses” rule, which revises  
As has been the case with numer- the complete narrative of a company’s  
OSHA’s “Recording and Reporting Oc- ous rules and regulations put in place safety record or its efforts to promote a  
cupational Injuries and Illnesses” reg- by OSHA in recent months, construc- safe work environment.”  
ulation. Under the new rule, employers tion industry and business association  
in high-hazard industries will send leaders are not pleased with the agen- its authority by forcing companies to re-  
OSHA injury and illness data that the cy’s actions. veal confidential business details to the  
employers are already required to col- “OSHA created a rule that does public”and“will give competitors undue  
Sizemore says OSHA has “exceeded  
lect for posting on the agency’s website. nothing to achieve its stated goal of access to business processes that should  
The agency likens the concept to reducing workplace injuries and ill- remain confidential.”  
Aluminum Extruder Faces OSHA Fines  
After Worker Loses Fingers  
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aluminum extruder originally metalꢀpress.  
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founded as a door and window “It’sꢀhardꢀtoꢀimagineꢀtheꢀagonyꢀandꢀ raryꢀemployee,ꢀwhoꢀhadꢀbeenꢀworkingꢀ  
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OSHAꢀinspectorsꢀrespondedꢀafterꢀ numꢀProductsꢀcouldꢀnotꢀbeꢀreachedꢀ  
OnꢀAprilꢀ29,ꢀOSHAꢀcitedꢀtheꢀcom-  
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Azon Saves Energy  
The Coalition for Workplace Safety,  
like ABC, has been an active partici-  
pant throughout the electronic record-  
keeping rulemaking process. It too  
claims the rule will negatively impact  
the American business community.  
“Workplace safety is of the utmost  
importance to our members, however  
the announcement of an ill-advised  
and poorly written regulation will only  
result in more regulatory burden with  
no guarantees to improve workplace  
safety,” CWS co-chairs Marc Freed-  
man and Amanda Wood said in a joint  
statement.“Without authority to do so,  
OSHA intends to post employer, loca-  
tion and incident-specific injury data.  
The CWS is especially concerned about  
the damage that could come from the  
disclosure of sensitive and proprietary  
information – which companies go to  
great lengths to protect. Just as trou-  
bling will be the mischaracterization  
that will result when incidents, such  
as bee stings, slips and falls, and even  
heart attacks that do not reflect an  
employer’s safety culture are posted.  
This rule reverses OSHA’s longstand-  
ing approach that permitted employ-  
ers to record injuries without fear of  
disclosure and therefore use the OSHA  
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recordkeeping process as an internal Establishments with 250 or more  
facturing) must submit information  
from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1,  
2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by  
July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and  
every year thereafter, the informa-  
tion must be submitted by March 2.  
management tool.Publicizing this data  
makes the mere recording of any injury  
an act of disclosure with associated  
negative impacts.”  
Using data collected under the new  
rule, OSHA will create a large publicly  
available data set on work injuries and  
illnesses.OSHA will remove all person-  
ally identifiable information associated  
with the data before it is publicly acces-  
employees in industries covered by  
the recordkeeping regulation must  
submit information from their 2016  
Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These  
same employers will be required to  
submit information from all 2017 States must adopt requirements  
forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July  
1,2018.Beginning in 2019 and every  
year thereafter,the information must  
be submitted by March 2.  
that are substantially identical to  
the requirements in this final rule  
within six months after publica-  
tion of this final rule.  
sible. The new reporting requirements Establishments with 20-249 employ-  
The new requirements take effect  
will be phased in over two years. Ac-  
cording to information from OSHA:  
ees in certain high-risk industries August 10, 2016, with phased-in data  
(including construction and manu- submissions beginning in 2017. n  
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