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Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rulemaking

"With the information acquired through this proposed rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data, resulting in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer’s obligation to transmit these records to OSHA. We encourage the public to review this proposed rule and look forward to their comments."

— Dr. David Michaels Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve workplace safety and health through the collection of useful, accessible, establishment-specific injury and illness data to which OSHA currently does not have direct, timely, and systematic access. With the information acquired through this proposed rule, employers, employees, employee representatives, the government, and researchers will be better able to identify and abate workplace hazards. OSHA is proposing to amend its recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under Part 1904. The proposed rule amends 29 CFR 1904.41 to add three new electronic reporting requirements.

For information on OSHA’s current recordkeeping requirements, please visit the OSHA Recordkeeping Webpage.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period to March 8, 2014 on the proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The docket on the proposed rule can be accessed here. The scheduled closing date for the Improve Tracking comment period, March 8th, falls on a Saturday. OSHA will accept all comments  submitted the following Monday, March 10th, as timely submittals.

The speaker list* and agenda for the January 9/10, 2014 public meeting are available.

The transcripts of the public meeting are now available at January 9th* and January 10th*.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) [PDF*]
The NPRM is OSHA's formal notice of regulatory action related to Improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The NPRM contains some background information on analyses related to the proposed rule, as well as the proposed regulatory text. OSHA welcomes public comments on the NPRM.

News Release

Statement from the Assistant Secretary

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Mockup of Proposed Web-Based Mechanism for OSHA's Injury/Illness Data Collection [PDF* 655 KB]

Mockup of Proposed Web Display of submitted Injury/Illness Data [PDF* 655 KB]

OSHA will hold an informal public meeting* on the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses proposed rule on January 9th, 2014 in Washington DC.


* Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Evaluation and Analysis at (202) 693-2400 for assistance accessing PDF documents.

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