News Release USDL: 96-11
Thursday, January 25, 1996
Contact: Lola Degroff (202) 219-8151
OSHA Announces Data Initiative and Proposed Injury and Illness
The most dangerous workplaces will now be better identified through
data collected by the Labor Department's OSHA. The agency announced
today it will begin collecting injury and illness data from 80,000 employers
in high hazard industries. At the same time, OSHA, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, will propose revised rules for recording
and reporting workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses. The revisions are
aimed at simplifying the reporting and recordkeeping system and improving
future use of the data.
Illness and Injury Data
In February, injury and illness report forms will be mailed to individual
workplaces requesting data from 1995. The data will be used to expand on
OSHA's Maine 200 program, a workplace-specialized safety and health pilot
already tested in Maine. Use of this information will allow the agency to
deal with each workplace as a unique environment with its own workplace
problems and solutions, instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach.
(See attached fact sheet for a list of industries included
in the OSHA data initiative.)
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Joseph A. Dear said, "These steps are an important part of OSHA's
reinvention efforts to become a data-driven, results oriented organization."
Peg Seminario, director of the Department of Occupational Safety
and Health, AFL-CIO, said, "The AFL-CIO is pleased that OSHA's
recordkeeping rule and data initiative are moving forward. This is the
result of more than 10 years of joint effort by OSHA, labor and management.
We hope that these initiatives will improve data on work-related injuries and
illnesses and provide information that can be used by OSHA and others to
identify and address the serious safety and health problems that put workers
The OSHA data initiative uses information from the current recordkeeping
system. OSHA is also working to improve the data for future use by revising
its injury and illness recordkeeping rule.
OSHA will give the public a chance to make oral presentations
and/or submit written comments on its proposal to change the way injury
and illness data is recorded and reported. The public meetings will be
held March 26-28 in the Francis Perkins Building auditorium, 200
Constitution Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. Written comments on the
proposal are due by April 29.
Dear called the proposed regulation a comprehensive revision of
the system. "It simplifies the reporting process for employers and also
improves the quality and accuracy of the safety and health information
available for OSHA, employers and workers," he said. "It's a win-win
OSHA officials estimate the proposed recordkeeping rule will
reduce the regulatory burden to businesses by $4.7 million. OSHA has
incorporated comments from labor, industry, trade associations, and other
government agencies into the proposed rulemaking.
Dear said reliable data is a cornerstone in changing the agency's
performance measurements from activity-based, such as numbers of
inspections and violations, to one focused on the ultimate outcome of
reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. He added that this is just
one of many OSHA reinvention initiatives that make it easier for
employers to have a safe and healthy workplace.
The proposed recordkeeping regulation reduces the size
and complexity of the Supplementary Record of Occupational
Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA No. 101 form) and the Log and
Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA No. 200 form).
It also changes recordkeeping exemptions for smaller employers and
service and retail industries and improves opportunities for employers
to automate their records. Additionally, it will merge recordkeeping
regulations, guidelines and interpretations into one single reference document.
The recordkeeping proposal will be published in the January 30 Federal Register. It can also
be accessed by going to OSHA's World Wide Web Home Page at http://www.osha.gov/ and
accessing the "What's New" section.
Bill Ament, consultant at the Organization of Resource Counselors
(ORC), said his organization is encouraged by OSHA's progress in
amending its injury and illness recordkeeping regulations and
guidelines. "By bringing interested parties from both business and labor
together with OSHA staff and allowing extensive prepublication review
of the agency's proposal, key issues were identified and addressed. We
hope that OSHA and other regulatory agencies will adopt this more open
process and that it will become a prototype for future regulatory actions."
Notices of intention to appear at the public meetings for the
recordkeeping proposal must be sent to Tom Hall, Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, Division of Consumer Affairs,
Room N3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone (202) 219-8615.
The notification should include the name and organization of the speaker,
the amount of time required, and a brief summary of the presentation.
Notifications must be postmarked by March 5.
Written comments on the proposal must be postmarked by
April 29 and submitted in quadruplicate to the Docket Office,
Docket No. R-02, Room N2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210, telephone (202) 219-7894.
Industries Included in OSHA's Data Initiative
Firms with 60 or more employees in the following industries are
included in the OSHA data initiative. Workplaces in these categories
will receive a form requesting data from the 1995 OSHA 200 Log,
employment and hours worked. Employers should not send the information
to OSHA unless they receive a form.
||ORNAMENTAL SHRUB AND TREE SERVICES
||LOCAL TRUCKING WITH STORAGE
||COURIER SERVICES, EXCEPT BY AIR
||PUBLIC WAREHOUSING AND STORAGE
||MARINE CARGO HANDLING
||AIRPORTS, FLYING FIELDS, & SERVICES
||PACKING AND CRATING
||WHOLESALE METALS SERVICE CENTERS AND OFFICES
||WHOLESALERS OF SCRAP AND WASTE MATERIALS
||WHOLESALERS OF GROCERIES AND RELATED PRODUCTS
||WHOLESALERS OF BEER, WINE, AND DISTILLED BEVERAGES
||RETAILERS OF LUMBER AND OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS
||NURSING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES