Some stakeholders are concerned that OSHA’s new electronic reporting requirements, which include the possibility of making employers’ safety records open to the public, will have detrimental effects on business. The new rule was published Wednesday and goes into effect in January 2017. Companies with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the record-keeping regulation (as well as those with 20 to 249 employees in high-risk industries such as agriculture, forestry, construction and manufacturing) must submit information on their 2016 injuries and illnesses by July 1st, 2017, and their 2017 information by July 1st, 2018. Beginning in 2019, the information must be submitted by March 2nd of each year. Some worry that records on an individual employer could be misconstrued.
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