In a recent ISSAlert, the association announced that OSHA has revised its rule addressing the recording and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. As an attempt to simplify the record keeping system, the final rule updates forms used by employers in the record keeping process and changes how employers determine whether an injury or illness is work related and therefore, must be reported. The new regulations will become effective on January 1, 2002.
OSHA stresses the importance of the record keeping process by issuing the revised rule. Employers can use information regarding workplace injuries and illnesses to control or eliminate hazards by raising the awareness of them. In addition, OSHA uses the information to develop safety and health standards, in evaluating the effectiveness of its enforcement and voluntary programs, and in directing schedules program activities.