RISK INSIGHT: OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Nullified

Property & Casualty, Risk

Congress Nullifies New OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements for Tracking Recordable Injury and Illness

The U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution to nullify the new recordkeeping requirements that would allow the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to fine employers over a full five-year period for failing to properly track and report workplace injuries and illnesses after they occur.

The nullification rejected OSHA’s “Volks” rule, which was finalized late last year and extended to five years the statute of limitations during which regulators can penalize employers for inadequately keeping records of workplace safety incidents. The nullification changes the tracking requirements from five years back to six months.

Since the nullification, which is waiting President Trump’s signature, was passed under the Congressional Review Act, future administrations will be prohibited from enacting a similar rule without congressional authorization.

The other OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping rules remain in effect, including the electronic recordkeeping requirements issued as a final standard in May 2016, which went into effect on January 1, 2017.

Contact your M3 Account Executive or Risk Management team for more information on the current OSHA requirements.

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