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OSHA reiterates: employers must maintain accurate injury, illness records.

In the final days of the Obama administration, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that requires employers to make sure their illness and injury records are maintained appropriately, reports. The rule went into effect on January 18.

OSHA says it intends to cite employers for any inaccuracies in the illness and injury logs for a period of six months after the required five-year retention period. The final rule also states an employer must maintain accurate records on an ongoing basis.

Industry groups may seek to block the new rules through litigation.

As OSHA transitions more to electronic recordkeeping and reporting, the agency should more easily identify employers who are under-reporting injuries. The cost of non-compliance could be much higher if OSHA can look for errors over five and one-half years.

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Title Annotation:REGULATORY COMPLIANCE; Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Publication:Information Management Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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