What I Need To Let You Know Today Is... - 05/16/2016

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, May 16, 2016

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Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.

What I Need To Let You Know Today Is...

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For years, employees, potential clients, competitors, and even the news media have been able to see if a company has been cited by OSHA, the type of violations received, and the penalties associated with those violations by just going onto OSHA’s website.

This information has had both a positive and negative effect on many companies.

One positive effect that it has had is that if a company’s potential client was to look on OSHA’s website to see if they had any citations and found none, it could be interpreted that they take employee safety seriously.

On the negative side, if a company has OSHA citations their potential clients might look at those citations as a reason to not allow the company to bid on their projects, eliminating possible work for the company.

Now there are more positive and negative effects I could discuss regarding OSHA’s publication of the citations they issue to companies, but actually that is not the main reason for this Safety E-QuickTip.

What I need to let you know today is about a new rule that takes effective Aug. 10, 2016.

Under this new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Employers with 20-249 employees in certain industries* must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.

This information will then be posted on OSHA’s website making it available to everyone.

OSHA believes that this new requirement will encourage employers to increase their efforts to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said, "Our new reporting requirements will 'nudge' employers to prevent worker injuries and illnesses to demonstrate to investors, job seekers, customers and the public that they operate safe and well-managed facilities. Access to injury data will also help OSHA better target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources at establishments where workers are at greatest risk, and enable 'big data' researchers to apply their skills to making workplaces safer."

To help ensure that the information on the OSHA 300 logs are accurate and complete, the final rule will also include requirements that will protect employees’ rights when they report injuries and illnesses to OSHA. These requirements will protect employees from retaliation from their employers and it will also require employers to have a reasonable procedure for reporting work-related injuries that does not discourage employees from reporting.

Although the new requirements take effect Aug. 10, 2016, data submissions will not begin until 2017.

If you’re an employer with 20-249 employees checkout this list of employers who will be required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.

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