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OSHA publishes final rule on electronic injury reporting

Hospital Safety Insider, May 26, 2016

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A final rule published May 11 by OSHA will require employers operating in dangerous industries, including nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, to electronically submit data on workplace injuries to the federal government, which will then release the information to the public, according to a report from The Huffington Post.

According to the report, officials say that by making the injury data transparent, they hope employers will put a greater focus on safety in order to protect their reputations. Assistant secretary of labor David Michaels compared it to a public-health grade for a restaurant, saying it could "nudge" companies in the right direction.

Many employers are already required to collect and report information on injuries, but the data rarely sees the light of day under the current system. With the new rule, OSHA will be posting the information right on its website, enabling workers, safety advocates, researchers and others to assess the safety records of particular worksites.

The new rules, which have been expected for some time now, will require electronic submission of the 2016 OSHA form 300A summary report by July 1, 2017, and the 2017 300 log, 300A summary and 301 incident report for 2017 by July 1, 2018. In each subsequent year, all reports for every establishment must be submitted by March 2 of the following year. Aug. 10, 2016, employers must establish safety policies that establish "reasonable procedures" for reporting workplace illnesses and injuries promptly and accurately.

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