ICS Magazine

OSHA to offer outreach on new record keeping rule

November 5, 2001
LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a sweeping effort to educate employers on the new injury and illness record keeping regulations, according to John Henshaw, the new head of OSHA.

The new record keeping regulations for work-related injuries and illnesses becomes effective in January, and in the same form in which they were originally published. The only exception, according to the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), is for changes regarding the provisions related to musculoskeletal disorders and occupational hearing loss.

Henshaw said that OSHA intends to issue compliance information to all U.S. work sites that are required to comply with the rule. Among other industries, the record keeping requirements apply to all distributors and manufacturers who have more than 10 employees.

He said OSHA will complete a compliance directive before the rule goes into effect to ensure that its compliance officers are well trained on how the record keeping revisions are to be enforced. OSHA has been criticized in the past for not completing directives before its rules go into effect.

Although the compliance directives are intended for OSHA job safety inspectors, employers often rely on them and the insight they provide as to how the agency intends to enforce a particular standard. Henshaw has also noted that part of the announced outreach effort will include enhanced training of compliance officers to ensure consistent application of the new record keeping requirements during inspections.

ISSA (www.issa.com) will provide instruction on complying with the new record keeping requirements on Oct. 16 as part of the ISSA Convention program, and will conduct an audio conference on the topic on Dec. 5.

With more than 4600 distributor, wholesaler, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, publisher, and associate member companies, the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) is the leading international trade association for the cleaning and maintenance industry.