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1864. OCCUPATIONAL INJURY AND ILLNESS RECORDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 553; 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1904.10; 29 CFR 1904.12; 29 CFR 1904.29(b)(7)(vi)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (66 FR 5916, January 19,2001), scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2002. Following a thorough regulatory review, the Agency determined that all but two provisions of the final rule, regarding the recording of occupational hearing (1904.10) and musculoskeletal disorders -- MSDs (1904.12), would take effect as scheduled (66 FR 35113, July 3, 2001). Following notice and comment, OSHA published a final rule delaying the effective dates for sections 1904.10, 1910.12 and a note to 1904.29(b)(7)(vi) until January 1, 2003. The same final rule provided interim guidance on recording hearing loss and MSD cases during 2002 (66 FR 52031, October 12, 2001).

OSHA issued a final 1904.10 regulation setting recording criteria for occupational hearing loss (67 FR 44037, July 1, 2002), and simultaneously issued a proposal to delay the requirements for checking a separate hearing loss column on the 300 Log, as well as an additional one-year delay for the 1904.12 MSD requirements (67 FR 44124, July 1, 2002).

OSHA is continuing to reconsider the 300 Log columns for occupational hearing loss and MSD, and for defining "musculoskeletal disorders" for recordkeeping purposes. OSHA will issue one or more final rules to deal with these injury and illness recording issues for the years 2003 and beyond. OSHA will make a decision on what action to take next in Novembwer 2002.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 07/03/01 66 FR 35113
NPRM Comment Period End 09/04/01
Final Rule 10/12/01 66 FR 52031
NPRM 07/01/02 67 FR 44124
Final Rule 07/01/02 67 FR 44037
NPRM Comment Period End 08/30/02
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Steven F. Witt, Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AC06




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