OSHA Proposes Changes to Injury/Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposes to expand reporting requirements for serious injuries and to revise the list of industries partially exempt from injury and illness recordkeeping requirements.

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed changes to its current requirements regarding recordkeeping and reporting of employee injuries and illnesses, found in Part 1904 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The first changes OSHA proposes affect Subpart B, Appendix A, of the regulations, which lists certain industries that, because of relatively low employee injury and illness rates, OSHA partially exempts from the general requirement to maintain logs of work-related injuries and illnesses. The listed industries are currently classified by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. Prompted in part by a 2009 Government Accountability Office report recommendation, OSHA proposes to transition the classification of industries from SIC codes to North American Industry Classification System codes.

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