OSHA Reviewing Input on Making Injury Records Public

Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are assessing feedback from businesses and associations about its plan to make injury records public. OSHA says its rule change is needed so employers can compare track records with their peers. But not everyone agrees. For the past four years, many have voiced opposition to the recommended changes in workplace injury reporting. “[The rule] does nothing to achieve its stated goal of reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities; yet as proposed, it will consume large amounts of agency and employer resources that could be put to better use,” says Jennifer Gibson, vice president of regulatory affairs at the National Association of Chemical Distributors. In a post on HRMAmerica.com, Gibson also contends the disclosure of injury information will expose employers to “illegitimate attacks”, and that it could lead to violations of employees’ privacy.