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OSHA injury and illness reporting regulation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is delaying the effective date of the "anti-retaliation" provisions of its new injury and illness reporting regulation. These provisions originally were scheduled to become effective Aug. 10, 2016, as specified in the regulation published in May. The new deadline will be Nov. 1, as provided in a memorandum to regional administrators dated July 13, 2016.

According to OSHA, the regulation "requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation; clarifies the existing implicit requirement that an employer's procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses." The memorandum further states the reason for the delay is so the agency can "provide the opportunity to conduct additional outreach to the regulated community," which will include educational materials for employers and enforcement guidance for agency officials.

NRCA testified before the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee in May to voice member concerns regarding this new regulation. More information about the regulation can be found on OSHA's website, www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/index.html.


8/29/2016



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